Find out more about the Mockingbird Family Model - a new type of foster care
The Fostering Network’s Mockingbird programme is an innovative way of delivering foster care using the Mockingbird Family Model. This is an extended family model that has the potential to improve placement stability, security, safety and permanence for children. It improves peer support for foster carers, includes regular joint planning and training, and social activities.
The programme improves the stability of fostering placements and strengthens the relationships between carers, children and young people, fostering services and birth families.
Here is a short montage of what our #1 Mockingbird Family have been up to in their first couple of months:
Watch The Fostering Network's animation Mockingbird: a really big family to hear from young people about their experience of being part of a constellation. This film was co-produced in 2021 with young people who are part of Mockingbird in the UK.
The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity. They're the essential network for fostering; bringing together everyone who's involved in the lives of fostered children. They support foster carers to transform children’s lives and we work with fostering services and the wider sector to develop and share best practice.
They work to make sure all fostered children and young people experience stable family life and are passionate about the difference foster care makes. They champion fostering and seek to create vital change so that foster care is the very best it can be.
The hub home provides support to the other families, through:
The hub home also provides a neutral space for:
We've successfully achieved funding from the Department for Education (DfE) and are working with The Fostering Network to deliver the Mockingbird Family Model in and around Northumberland.
We’re looking for experienced carers, or professionals from a caring background, to be a part of this innovative method of delivering foster care.
Details of the roles available are below:
Hub home carers:
Click here to let us know if you found the content of the page helpful