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Hello, and welcome to this fortnight's community round-up! Before I get started - are you in Wales? If so, there are six new member-only training courses ready for you to book. Take a look at our upcoming events page for more information. And now, back to our main event:

Next month sees one of the greatest migrations of young people across the UK as hundreds of thousands leave home to begin their university education. Empty nest syndrome is well documented, and many foster carers reference a quiet home, missing the hubbub of young people and, genuine quote, "someone to make me a nice cup of tea" as a reason to consider fostering! 

The Fostering Network’s Sons & Daughters campaign coordinator Catherine Holland has been speaking to Gemma from Stockton Borough Council about their participation in last year’s campaign.​

Hello there! I can only apologise for the lateness - we've been awfully busy, you see. I'll start with a couple of announcements from us:

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No summer is complete without at least a couple of picnics outside but sometimes it’s difficult to think what to include. I had to give the matter a lot of thought last year for the book I was asked to write - Happy Mealtimes For Kids. Here are a few suggestions, some old favourites and some new. I hope you find them useful.


I feel a touch bereft this morning. While I know a number of you will be grateful for TV returning to relative normal, for me, the summer of sport so far has been incredible. Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix have come as standard, but this has of course been a football World Cup year. We’ve also had the Grand Départ from Yorkshire for the Tour de France, which was breathtaking. There is the small matter of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow so all is not completely lost.

Good afternoon everyone! We hope you're enjoying the sun where you are - whether that's in the garden with an ice lolly or preparing for the end of the school term before going away on holiday. A wide range of topics up for discussion on the community recently, here's just a few of the ones that have got you talking.

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The Fostering Network occasionally receives poems, pieces of fiction and other work produced by young people in foster care. While we can't publish everything, we did feel that this piece from Danielle showed a maturity in tackling some very big issues.

This work does including content and themes which young readers might find distressing.

Danielle is only 12 years old, and this is her work of fiction.

Good afternoon! If you're a sporty person, I'm sure you've been enjoying the wealth of entertainment that's been on recently. The world cup, Wimbledon, and just round the corner - quite literally, it'll be going past my village - the Tour de France! If you're not a sporty person (like myself), well... at least the weather's good. Just remember to enjoy the sun safely, and there's sure to be plenty to do. As for those quiet, cooler evenings, why not catch up on what's been discussed in your friendly community?

I regularly receive emails from young people who are in care, or adults who have been in care system. I would like to say that these people emailed me to say how positive their experiences had been but sadly that is not the case, far from it. The majority of care leavers who have emailed me felt that they’d had a bad experience in care: let down by the system, their social workers, and even the foster carers who looked after them, whom they felt simply didn’t care.

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