We know your role as a foster carer has expanded significantly during this unprecedented and ever changing situation. Please know that we are here to help and keep you informed.
Helplines: extended opening hours
To further support you during this time we are trialling extending all our helplines’ opening hours to include Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9.00pm. Please make sure you leave a message if you can’t get through straight away.
You can also phone our confidential stress support service for members as usual.
Foster carer funding
We are concerned that many foster carers are facing financial insecurity after falling through the gaps of government funding relating to coronavirus. That’s why we, along with other fostering organisations, have written an open letter to governments across the UK asking them to #fundfostercarers during the covid-19 outbreak. We’ve already heard back from Vicky Ford, children’s minister in England, and we’ll be meeting with her next week to ask the government to commit to financially supporting foster carers and recognise the vital work you are doing.
If you’ve got experience of or evidence about how you have been financially impacted in your role as a foster carer by coronavirus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our coronavirus hub provides you with useful information and resources and we are also publishing blogs to help you navigate the many situations you might encounter, for example:
· online contact
· reducing anxiety
· indoor activities
· educating at home.
Should you be concerned about online safety, please check out our latest editions of Thrive magazine where we cover how young people can stay safe online.
Don’t forget you can share advice and connect with other foster carers on our online community or via social media (Facebook, Twitter).
Thanks so much for all you are doing at this time for children and young people.
Take care and stay safe
The Fostering Network
PS Nominations for the 2020 Fostering Excellence Awards are now open, don’t to forget to nominate the amazing people you know in the fostering community.