Sue and Brian’s Fostering Story

Almondsbury based carers, Sue and Brian, have only one regret about their fostering career – they wish they’d started it earlier.  They originally thought age might be a barrier for them, but realised that life experience was valued – they’ve now looked after 12 children and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Sue said: “For […]

Share the care, make a difference

Share the Care (previously Family Link) carers provide regular short breaks to disabled children or young people including those with learning difficulties, autism and physical impairments. This type of fostering offers a long term relationship with a child or young person and their family. This scheme suits people who can offer short breaks and who […]

Who can foster?

There is no ‘typical’ or ‘standard’ foster carer – each fostering household is unique and valuable. Just as there is diversity in our children in care, our foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences, skills and qualities to help meet the needs of our children and young […]

Who needs fostering?

Any child who cannot be cared for by their own family. Foster care provides children with a safe, stable, loving home at a time when their own family are unable to.  Sometimes children need fostering because their parents have asked for help from the Local Authority to look after them for a short period of time […]

The Fostering Network: Staying Put Guidance

The Fostering Network have launched a Staying Put Guidance for Children, Young People, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services. The guidance aims to provide a framework of best practice that will assist all parties in the implementation of staying put and seeks to guide local authorities and fostering services in developing an approach to staying […]

October Fostering Information Evening

Are you interested in fostering in South Gloucestershire, but aren’t sure what’s involved?   Our fostering information evenings are really helpful. These events enable you to talk directly with foster carers and social workers over a cuppa.   You can ask any questions you may have and we’ll give you all the information you need to decide […]

Council calls for more Foster Carers

There are many reasons why children in South Gloucestershire come in to the care system. Some just need a bed for a few nights, while we help their parents through a crisis. Others are casualties of family breakdown or victims of neglect and abuse. All desperately needing safe, loving homes, with people just like you. […]