Foster care Fortnight

Help local children by becoming a foster carer in 2022 #WhyWeCare #FosteringCommunities #FosterWithNorthumberland #FCF2022

Help local children by becoming a foster carer in 2022 #WhyWeCare #FosteringCommunities #FosterWithNorthumberland #FCF2022

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colourful blocks as buildings with various hand drawn families walking around. Text on image - Foster care fortnight, The fostering network logo. #Fosteringcommunities.
 

 

Different types of care

Our fostering community

This Foster Care Fortnight Northumberland children in care, children who foster, local supporters, foster carers and other professionals in Children’s Services are sharing #WhyWeCare to encourage more people to come forward and share their home with a vulnerable child or sibling group.

Liz Spaven: Senior Manager – Residential and Family Placement Service

“Our Foster Carers are key in helping children thrive in Northumberland and the surrounding areas.” 

“I would like to thank all our foster carers, their families, friends and supporters for everything they do for all our children in care across the county.   

If people are thinking about fostering, please come forward to join our family. If you can’t foster at this time, please help us share the word across your networks.” 

Liz Spaven: Senior Manager – Residential and Family Placement Service 



Neil, a white man short dark hair that's grey at the sides, and Fee Purvis, a white women with ginger hair.

“We aren’t able to foster, but we are thankful for the opportunity to help the Northumberland Fostering Team to spread the word that we need more foster carers.”
 
“Knowing that our support in the community is indirectly giving children a happier, healthier and more successful future with a foster carer inspires us to continue.”
 
Neil and Fee Purvis, National Award winners: Fostering Supporters of the Year 2021




Foster carer Alan, a white man with kid eyes and a slight smile.


“My carer Alan has helped me feel part of the family, by giving me space and trust to make my own choices.”
 
“He gives me boundaries, and I just feel really settled and safe here so I can get on with my life and school.”
 
Care experienced young person Ebony, talking about her foster carer Alan




Lynne Love, a Fostering Team Manager


"Our Northumberland foster carers are ordinary people who do brilliant work caring for children - but we need more of them!”
 
I feel privileged to help manage this amazing team of foster families and their supporting workers. We need people from all walks of life and experiences, so if you have a spare room and want to work with children, please get in touch.

Oh and Northumberland does pay a guaranteed weekly income, unlike a lot of agencies, so you do get paid even if a child is not living with you."
 
Lynne Love: Fostering Team Manager




Tara Prescott, Virtual School Deputy Head and Manager of Education Support for Looked After Children

"Our Foster Carers are an integral part of the care team, who champion the education of each individual child, encouraging attendance and supporting them to do the very best they can at school while raising aspirations to improve their life chances and outcomes.  I feel privileged to work alongside our fantastic children and their dedicated carers." 

Tara Prescott: Virtual School Deputy Head and Manager of Education Support for Looked After Children




Text on image - Jonny and Dean are first time carers and have been fantastic. It is clear that their fostered child is a much loved little boy and one of the family. He is so happy in their care and is continuing to thrive. Quote from a Northumberland Social worker.


“He is so happy in their care and is continuing to thrive.”

“Jonny and Dean are first time carers and have been fantastic. It is clear that their fostered child is a much-loved little boy and one of the family. “

From a Northumberland Social Worker




Text in image - Val and Mike have been and continue to be outstanding carers for their fostered child, they always go the extra milem they genuinely care for them and I know he care for them. Feedback from the NCC Soical Care Academy

“They genuinely care for their fostered child and I know he cares for them.”
 
“Val and Mike have been and continue to be outstanding carers for their fostered child, they always go the extra mile.”

Feedback from the Northumberland Social Care Academy




some drool wiped on to a pair of trousers

This should be used to recruit new carers....”
 
“The realities of fostering, when they love you soooo much that they crawl over specially to wipe snot and drool on your leg ”
 
Mandy Byrne: Northumberland Foster Carer


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Pam Scott: North Northumberland Foster Carer

“She’s read the book, made a picture and so this just had to be done – yum yum!”  Sharing these moments is #whywecare – come and foster with us.

Rhys - can I call you Mam and Dad

“I call them Mam and Dad because we grew to being a family”

“If you are thinking about fostering, go for it as children need people like you.”

Laura Inglis: North Northumberland Foster Carer

“People ask how can you give them back?”

“We aren’t really giving them back, because they are always part of our family”

Jonny Harrison: South East Northumberland Foster Carer

“Our little 7-year-old wants to stay until he is an old man!”

“When our fostered son said that I was like his Dad when we were teaching him to brush his teeth – I was just blown away!  And there are lots of moments like these and the reason why we foster.”

George Whitfield: a young person who fosters with his Mum

“I enjoy having another child live with us. It is like having a friend who’s always there.”

“Don’t worry about a fostered child arguing with you or your parents. It means that they feel part of your family.”
 

Pam Scott - Moments as a Foster Carer

“The number of times my heart skips a beat with the children in our care - these rewarding ‘moments’ make it so worthwhile”

This is #whywecare – come and foster with us.