Call for family and friends foster carers to share their views
To mark a Month of Action on Kinship Care, a new campaign led by Grandparents Plus, the Fostering Network is calling on kinship foster carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to share their views on the levels of support they receive.
The number of relatives and friends who are being approved and trained as foster carers is on the increase, and the charity is keen to find out more about their experiences and the support they need.
Family and friends foster carers are being invited to share their views via the Fostering Network’s Facebook page and Twitter account, and through a special discussion in its new online community. The feedback will then be used to develop the services and support the charity offers.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “We welcome the month of action as it focuses much needed political and public attention on the lack of recognition and support provided to many kinship carers.
“We therefore want to take this opportunity to learn more about the needs of family and friends foster carers and to understand if they are getting the support they need from us and their fostering service.”
Robert Tapsfield will be joining Tim Loughton, the children’s minister for England, Sam Smethers, chief executive of Grandparents Plus, and other members of the Kinship Care Alliance at a special Kinship Care Summit in central London today (Tuesday 12 June).