Hello, and good afternoon! It's been a little while since I've written a round-up for you, so let's get right into the swing of things. Here are some interesting topics or questions that could benefit from your input:
Happy Friday everyone! It's been another busy fortnight here in your community with lots of you sharing your thoughts and asking questions and lots of brilliant and helpful responses, as usual. Here's a round up of what you've all been talking about since last time.
We have a new section on the magazine called movers and shakers. It will tell the stories of foster carers, young people who have experienced care, sons and daughters of foster carers and social workers who make things happen - the movers and shakers of fostering. Our first story features Alex van Vliert from Northamptonshire who swam 10 kilometers down the River Dart in the butterfly stroke - an amazing effort which netted the Fostering Network £2,000 in sponsorship including £1,000 match funding from Alex's employer BP. What a story.
November for many is the midpoint between two large scale campaign periods, processing enquiries from the September ‘empty nesters’ and gearing up for the January ‘New Year’s fostering resolutions’ campaigns.
Good afternoon and welcome to the latest community round up. I hope your Halloween had far more treats than tricks and you've managed to hide some sweets away for yourself. Time to break out one of those chocolate bars, make a cup of tea and see some of the conversations that have been going on in the community over the past two weeks.
So, October's Sons & Daughters campaign has come to an end and with it, our blogging competition.
First and foremost, thank you to each and every one of you that submitted a blog, even those that we couldn't find space to publish. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them all; I'm sure everyone who came to our website to read them will agree that they gave us a fascinating insight into what life is like growing up with foster children coming in to your home.
It’s great to see that once again this winter the Fostering Network has recieved a parcel of handsewn quilts for us to send out to fostered children. These quilts are donated to us every year by a quilter group in Kent so that children have something of their own when they move either back to their own families or on to a new one, or indeed into independence.
Our blogging competition officially closed for entries last night; this year we've had more blogs than we've ever had! Our judges are reading them all and will have a really tough job picking the three winners, which we'll announce on Monday 4th November.
We'd like to thank everybody who entered a blog; we had great fun reading them all and hope you all did too.
In the last blog I talked about children who were out of control, and I received many emails from carers who recognised the signs. In the 30 years I’ve been fostering I’ve learnt a lot about regaining control. It is achieved through action, word and body language as you take the reins and steer the child to acceptable behaviour. Be prepared for a rough ride for the first two weeks. The child or young person will not give up his or her position easily – it’s good being leader of the pack.
A lot of people ask me as a foster sibling : “do you not just want your parents too yourself?” and the answer has always been the same. No.
I get so much out of being a foster sibling, take this weekend for example I went to the beach with my 13 year old foster brother Leon*. Me, my dad and Leon got splashed by the waves in a game of ‘chicken’ with the North Sea, lost £1:50 in 2p’s in the penny arcade and munched some hot chips on the sand.