Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. It is the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.

Foster Care Fortnight™ 2015

The dates for Foster Care Fortnight™ 2015 have been agreed. Next year's campaign will take place Monday 1 to Sunday 14 June 2015. 

You can contact james.foyle@fostering.net if you require any further information at this stage.

Please complete the Foster Care Fortnight™ 2014 evaluation survey if you haven't already done so to feed your comments into next year's planning cycle.

 

Can you guess who fosters?

What does a foster carer look like? Underneath the calm exterior, they may well have incredible communication, support and advocacy skills but thankfully more often than not, they're everyday Clark Kents or Diana of Themysciras with their underwear on the inside as opposed to displaying a super hero fashion sense.

And what does it take to be a foster carer? What skills and qualities are fostering services looking for in those who enquire so they can be assessed, trained and supported to foster some of the most vulnerable children in their area?

The theme for Foster Care Fortnight™ 2014 helped answer these questions and more by inviting members of the public to guess who fosters.

By turning the spotlight on current foster carers, fostering services showcased and celebrated their expertise and helped attract new people like them to come forward and enquire about being a foster carer to help reduce the shortage of around 8,600 foster carers across the UK.

The campaign generated more than 1,000 pieces of media coverage across the UK, highlighting the role of foster carers and the need for more people to come forward. Activity on social media was high throughout the fortnight, with people trying to guess who fosters and showing their pride in being part of the fostering community. We also achieved celebrity support for the campaign, including from Lorraine Pascale, who was fostered as a child, and son of foster carers Gareth Gates.

We have produced an easy to use enquiry tracking tool to help fostering services specifically measure the impact of their Foster Care Fortnight campaign activity on recruitment. 

Could You Foster?

If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer, the Fostering Network's website Could You Foster? provides lots of information on what fostering is and the type of children that need fostering.

Think fostering could be for you? There are many fostering services across the UK; find a fostering service near you to make an application or find out more about fostering in your area.