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™ 2014 will take place from Monday 12 to Sunday 25 May.
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 do you want the people who enquire to have so they can be trained and supported to foster the vulnerable children in your area?
This year's theme for Foster Care Fortnight™ helps you answer these questions and more by inviting members of the public to guess who fosters. By turning the spotlight on your current foster carers, you can showcase and celebrate their expertise and help attract more people like them to come forward and enquire about being a foster carer for your fostering service.
The Fostering Network's Guide to getting involved contains some ideas for how you can make the most of this years theme both on and offline. We have also produced a logo for Guess who fosters, versions of which are available by emailing email@example.com
We will be celebrating Foster Care Fortnight™ 2014 across the UK with our individual country days, which were launched in 2013. These dates will be announced soon.
Social media and online will again be abuzz with content from the Fostering Network for you to share and retweet. The Twitter hashtag for this year's campaign is #guesswhofosters so be sure to include this in your tweets to be a part of our national campaign.
Foster Care Fortnight™ 2013 - Get in the frame
Last year we invited people to get in the frame to raise the profile of fostering during Foster Care Fortnight™ in May 2013.
The fortnight was a great success, with over 1,000 pieces of media coverage, and hundreds of foster carers, fostering services, celebrities and politicians getting in the frame to highlight the need for around 9,000 new carers across the UK to provide loving and supportive homes for some of our most vulnerable children.
Placing fostering services, care leavers, foster carers and their sons and daughters, as well as prospective foster carers in the frame demonstrates what it takes to be a foster carer and will help encourage others to start their journey to becoming one.
Could You Foster?
If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer, Could You Foster? provides information on what fostering is and the type of children that need fostering. You can also find a fostering service near you to make an application or find out more about fostering in your area. Members of the Fostering Network can also join in the discussion with foster carers in our online community.