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Review of the effects of social media likely to inform foster care

15th October, 2018

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social care, is warning of the potential dangers posed by social media to the mental health and well being of children. A comparison has been drawn which states the threat is similar to that of sugar on physical health. The Chief Medical Officer - professor Dame Sally Davies - has been tasked to review what impacts the excessive use of social media can have on the mental health of children.

The CMO’s review will publish interim findings in December. The review will also be covering sleep problems, ‘internet addiction’, cyberbullying and online gaming where there is a social media element. There is evidence to show that children and youngsters who spend more than three hours a day using social media sites on a school day are twice as likely to report high scores for mental health problems.

Join Team Rainbow - 8,000 new foster families are urgently needed

If you decide to become a foster carer with us it will mean becoming a valued member of Team Rainbow. We make sure our carers appreciate that becoming a Rainbow foster carer is special…it means being able to rely on the kind of support that ensures our children experience the best outcomes possible.

For our team, It doesn’t matter if a child is placed on an emergency, short term or long term basis. The foster carers in Team Rainbow always dedicate themselves to doing their very best for that child or young person. We are now looking to recruit and expand our numbers of foster carers in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

If you are over twenty-one, have a spare bedroom - but more importantly feel you have the motivation and resilience to take up the challenge of becoming a foster carer, then we would love to hear from you. We are coming up to celebrating our twenty-first anniversary so have long experience in caring for our children and supporting their foster carers. Call us on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more about how being a foster carer with Rainbow is special.

Foster carers in Devon protest at changes to allowances.

12th October, 2018

Devon County Council has just voted to bring in a new system of allowances and fees. Described as being “fairer and equitable”, it has nonetheless triggered protest from foster carers. At what proved to be a rancorous meeting in a council chamber boos rang out. The results of the changes mean fifty per cent of foster carers would receive an increase in fees, ten per cent would see no difference, but for forty per cent there would be a reduction. Foster carers say that making these changes could result in some carers losing between £5,000 and £15,000 annually.

Devon County Council released a statement saying:

“We’re protecting the allowances of those who would lose out for as long as their placement lasts - not just two years as originally proposed. This is not about making cuts - we’re putting in an extra £1m. We want our foster carers to be paid an appropriate fee based on the needs of the child they look after.”

Rainbow are always looking for people interested to start a career in foster care. Our carers come from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. That includes single people, LGBT people, couples - married or living together - with or without children.

You must have at least one spare bedroom to foster and be committed to supporting a child in terms of achieving their education goals and general progress in life.

Rainbow Fostering - established for twenty one years!

Rainbow Fostering is one of the leading foster care agencies in the UK. We have been established for twenty-one years during which time we have supported many foster carers to enjoy rewarding careers making a lasting difference to young people’s lives. Rainbow are now recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Please call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845 if you would like to find out more about becoming a foster care professional. If you talk to us, there is no obligation: we are happy to give plenty of advice and guidance as we want people to make the decision that is right for them.

New research evaluates children moving from residential homes into foster care.

8th October, 2018

The ‘Step Down Programme’ has been running since July 2014 and is a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Core assets. It aims to move young people from residential homes and place them in foster homes. The Programme is supported by a Social Impact Bond contract which is funded by ‘Bridges Ventures’ aiming to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Rees Centre, based at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education has; as part of its research into the programme, conducted 213 interviews with youngsters, their foster carers, mentors and supervising social workers. The subsequent analysis has shown that many of the young people experienced increased stability. It has also indicated that youngsters being fostered engaged in a much higher level of activities.

Could you meet our requirements to foster at Rainbow?

We are looking for people, aged over 21, to foster youngsters. You need to have a spare bedroom and be committed to providing a stable environment for a child. It is important that you enjoy good physical health - fostering can be demanding. It is also important to be able to work with other care professionals. Supporting a vulnerable child to reach their potential is highly rewarding.

We provide a wide range of training opportunities for our foster carers. Rainbow are one of the leading foster care agencies in the UK and are now recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Please call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We are waiting to tell you more about the rewards a career in foster care can offer. You can explore the rest of our website where you will find a wide range of information covering: becoming a foster carer, what makes a foster carer, therapeutic foster care, foster care for sibling groups, how long does it take to become a foster carer, fostering allowance and benefits and types of fostering.

Leading charity recognises sons and daughters of foster carers.

4th October, 2018

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has announced awards for six sons and daughters of foster carers. The award is for ‘Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters’ and is part of the annual Fostering Excellence Awards organised by the charity each year. The role played by foster carers birth children is a vital one. The winners have been announced at the commencement of the charity’s campaign - ‘Sons and Daughters Month’ - which runs every October. As part of the campaign, there will be a special competition #OurGreatestMemory - visit https://bit.ly/2hxcqyl for details.

The Trophies for the winners will be given at The Fostering Network’s ‘Fostering Excellence Awards’ to be held in London on the 24th October. In recognising the contribution of this year’s winners, the chief executive of the charity, Kevin Williams, stated:

“It’s impossible to overstate the role that the children of foster carers play in a fostering family, welcoming fostered children into their homes and ensuring successful fostering placements. Many people say that the potential impact on their birth children is one of the major barriers to becoming a foster carer. the reality is that seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.”

8,000 new foster families needed in the UK- foster with Rainbow

If you want to foster with Rainbow, you must be over twenty one. You also have to have a reasonably sized bedroom available for a foster child. Fostering with Rainbow means being a team player so you must be open and willing to working with other care professionals. Most importantly, you need to be able to empathise with youngsters who could be upset because they have been separated from their birth families. At Rainbow we recruit foster carers from all walks of life. Whatever your background, experience, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation, we will be delighted to welcome you to our community of caring professionals.

Rainbow has been established for over twenty years. We are one of the leading foster care agencies and are now actively recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more about what fostering can offer you.

LGBT foster families look for more support from schools.

27th September, 2018

Studies conducted by Goldsmiths, University of London and Nottingham Trent University indicate that schools need to work harder at ensuring LGBT parents feel welcome. The research involved interviewing twenty-six LGBTQI parents and nineteen children. It emerged that the existing support that schools offer concentrates mostly on the issues associated with bullying. This ignores the importance of working to create a greater sense of inclusiveness. The situation can be improved, it is suggested, by adopting a few simple changes. These could include making sure that school forms avoid specifying only the terms mother and father. Other ideas were to display LGBTQI posters in schools highlighting how families can differ and raising awareness in sex and relationship classes.

Rainbow welcome LGBT foster care applicants

At Rainbow Fostering our goal is always to be inclusive: we welcome applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. We celebrate the fact, LGBT foster carers make a fantastic contribution to looking after vulnerable children and young people. And we would like to attract more people from this community to come forward and join with ours.

Applicants have decided to foster with Rainbow because:
  • we give provide our foster carers with around the clock support;
  • we offer our foster carers generous allowances;
  • ensure that all our foster carers can rely placements being carefully matched with their preferences;
  • active participation in our foster carer awards ceremonies;
  • support from our youth participation team - ensuring we offer a range of activities through the year for foster children;
  • generous provision of respite care.

There are many more reasons to foster with Rainbow. Please call us today on 020 8427 3355 - or use our National number 0330 311 2846. There are many aspects to foster care and we will take all the time you need to make the right decision for you. What is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, foster care payments, and what are the different types of foster care available? These are just some of the many different questions we are regularly asked - perhaps you can think of some more!

Shortage of advocates in Arizona foster care system

26th September, 2018

The foster care system is feeling the strain in countries other than the UK. In the state of Arizona, there are 15,869 children and young people in the foster care system. Each is supposed to have an advocate - an individual to represent their interests and provide support. Currently, only ten per cent of these young people are benefiting from this support. This has been caused by a shortage of volunteers in the court-appointed special advocates - CASA - programme. This has created a gap in the child-welfare system.

Deidre Calcoate - programme manager for CASA in Arizona - stated: "Children that have advocates spend less time in care.”

Foster with Rainbow: there are children needing caring homes now

Rainbow are an established and highly respected foster care service led by highly motivated and qualified professionals. Our goal is to improve the lives of ‘looked after’ children and young people. We know it is our dedicated foster carers who so positively influence the lives and futures of our foster children. We are looking to recruit more people to join our fostering community and take advantage of the generous allowances and benefits we provide.

It only takes sixteen to eighteen weeks to become an ‘Approved’ foster carer. Call us today on 020 84257 3355. Alternatively, ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. As a foster carer you could be making all the difference to a vulnerable child: open your heart, open your mind and open your home to a world of new possibilities.

House Project supports those leaving foster care

24th September, 2018

It has been reported that the number of vulnerable children who now require support from Greater Manchester’s social services is rising dramatically. A number of problems have contributed to the situation. These include increasing levels of family poverty and neglect, drug addiction problems and mental health problems. This has resulted in more referrals with children needing to be found foster homes. This is contributing to a financial black hole for the authorities to try and manage.

Manchester is not alone. Other authorities have been reported having to cut their services due to funding pressures. These include East Sussex, Torbay and Northamptonshire. The children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, is reported as saying many youngsters are not now getting the basic help needed early enough due to the pressures on children’s services departments.

Budgets for children’s services across Greater Manchester have been analysed. The picture that has emerged is one of a failure to balance the books and a shortfall of around £25m a year.

Discover the opportunities in providing foster care with Rainbow

Rainbow are a successful and long established agency - now well over twenty years. During this time, we have been recruiting foster carers who have provided secure and loving homes for children and young people. Today, we provide fostering services in several regions as well as London, Birmingham and Manchester.

We need you! This year there is a serious shortfall of people coming forward to foster. Fostering offers many different career options. And we provide the very best in training and support. On average it takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks from an initial enquiry to a person being ‘Approved’ to foster. If you would like to talk to us about different types of fostering, other options for fostering uk, teenagers or maybe even fostering babies, call today on 020 84257 3355. If lines are busy, please ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. We have a team of experts ready to take your call and discuss the options open to you. At Rainbow We’ll certainly help you to open your mind, your heart and your home to the rewards and joys of being a foster carer.

Pioneering scheme in West Lothian could benefit foster children leaving care

21st September, 2018

The Rock Trust is behind a new housing scheme in West Lothian. It is requesting that housing providers and councils organise what they term a “housing first” scheme aimed at providing homeless young people with a permanent home. The idea is that a young person does not have to prove they are “housing ready” after being progressed through the different stages of temporary accommodation.

So far under the Trust’s youth project, five young people who were formerly in care now have permanent homes that are furnished. What is key, is that there are no conditions or time limits that apply. Youngsters are provided with stability and support: they have a roof over their heads and can access support services for health, education and employment. The Rock Trust says that the scheme can bring to an end the reliance on temporary accommodation which they warn, can be “unsafe and unsuitable” for young people.

Foster with Rainbow and take a new path in life

We are an agency that has been finding loving, caring foster homes for vulnerable children for well over twenty years. In that time, we have grown so our services cover London, Manchester, Birmingham - and other regions in the UK.

There are different types of foster care and foster care allowances. If you have been giving serious consideration to becoming a foster carer, we would certainly like to hear from you. We will train and support you at each and every stage. It usually takes between sixteen to eighteen weeks from your first enquiry to being ‘Approved’ to foster. Call us now on either 020 84257 3355, or ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. We’ll help you to open your mind, heart and home to the rewards and joys of fostering.

Numbers of foster children in higher education in Scotland now analysed

19th September, 2018

One of the most damning of statistics that has been given prominence recently is the low number of children who have been in care going on to Higher Education. The foster care stocktake did allude to this in its report as considerable attention is being placed on the educational outcomes for foster children - not least by Ofsted.

The leading charity, The Fostering Network has now welcomed a report by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) which has explored the educational prospects of foster children in Scotland, and throws a light upon the stigma and misperceptions affecting care experienced young people in relation to education. The response of Sara Lurie, the director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, to this recent report was:

“We have long known what this report reiterates - that the stability of relationships in care is fundamental to improving outcomes for looked after children and that fostering is a protective factor for many young people. Foster carers are playing an increasingly important role in supporting young people to fulfil their potential, including encouraging them to consider further or higher education as an option.”

It only takes six straightforward steps to becoming a foster carer with Rainbow. 1) register your interest - call or email us; 2) we arrange an initial home visit; 3) we make checks and gather references; 4) you are invited to our 3 day ‘Skills to Foster’ course; 5) one of our social workers will produce a home study report; 6) you meet our Panel members and if recommended, you will be ‘Approved’ to foster.

We support you at every stage and explain the training opportunities available. The process takes sixteen to eighteen weeks from enquiring to being ‘Approved’ to foster. It’s a great time to consider becoming a foster carer - especially with Rainbow! Train to be a therapeutic foster carer and you will be paid an enhanced rate. For comprehensive and friendly advice on a fostering career with Rainbow, simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We will answer all your queries: examples - to how to foster a child uk; foster carer pay; different types of fostering; how long it takes to become a foster carer as well as general foster carer requirements.

The Scottish government drags its feet on foster care allowances

17th September, 2018

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has been critical of the recommendation from the Scottish Government’s care allowances working group. this is because it falls short of recommending a national minimum allowance.

Sara Lurie is the director of The Fostering Network in Scotland - she expressed disappointment:

“The working group was in fact itself established to consider a national approach to allowances, but it has failed to make a clear and and effective recommendation on their implementation, meaning we are no nearer a solution than before.”

Sara Lurie accuses the government of “procrastinating” and falling short of its stated ambition to ensure “Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up.”

You could start your career in foster care today with Rainbow.

We are currently looking to recruit people to become foster carers in London, Birmingham and Manchester. All you need is a spare room along with the interest and passion to help a vulnerable child succeed. We provide training and support for our foster carers 24/7, 365 days a year. Rainbow are committed to helping our carers develop their careers in fostering. There are different types of foster care such as looking after sibling groups, babies or teenagers. We train people to foster therapeutically which means they acquire the skills to care for children who have been traumatised by their experiences before coming into care.

For advice and guidance on the options that might suit you best, please call 020 8427 3355. You can also contact our recruitment team via our National Line 0330 311 2845. Rainbow have over twenty years experience - we provide a fast and efficient service so that on average, it only takes 16 - 18 weeks from an initial enquiry to being ‘Approved to Foster’.

We are regularly updating our website with the latest information about all aspects of foster care. You can also register your details online with us and arrange for us to call you at a convenient time for you.

Leading foster care charity responds to the Observer “cash crisis” article.

10th September, 2018

The director of communications and public affairs at the Fostering Network, Jackie Sanders, has responded to a recent article in the Sunday Observer focusing on the funding crisis affecting child services. She stated - “it comes as absolutely no surprise that the local government association in England and others are calling for urgent investment into the children’s social care system.”

The situation has become increasingly pressured with children now coming into care at the rate of ninety a day. The result has been that councils have had to increase the amount spent on social care for children by approximately ten percent in four years.

There has been a government response which was to say £200bn has been made available to councils up to the year 2020 for local services.

Think of a challenge! Think of becoming a foster carer

Rainbow have a reputation for looking after their foster carers so all their efforts can go into supporting the children we care for. The is why fostering with Rainbow is simple and rewarding. Being a foster carer is challenging, no doubt, but there are few things that can be as satisfying. Our placements are well matched and we aim to meet our foster carers preferences. There are also many opportunities to develop a career in fostering through specialising in a number of different areas. Whatever the professional career aims our foster carers have, we ensure they are supported to achieve them. Rainbow’s carers look after sibling groups, parent and child, teenagers - as well as children with complex needs. We also offer the chance to train in the area of therapeutic foster care. This is where foster carers look after children with complex problems and behavioural issues. Increasing numbers of children are coming into care having experienced abuse or neglect. The trauma this causes means they have to be cared for therapeutically. For more information on this specialised area of foster care visit our website.

County Council seeks more foster carers

6th, September, 2018

At present there are approximately two hundred fostering families in the Cumbria area. There are, however, around seven hundred children in care in the county. This means that there is a pressing need to find more foster carers. One potential group from which to recruit are the so called ‘empty nesters’. The council is pushing the message that a house can seem an empty place for parents when their own children have left for university. They are saying to such parents that foster care can provide a great way to continue their parenting skills. Julie Kirkham is a ‘Homestays’ provider for Cumbria council who looked into what fostering had to offer when her own children left home - she stated: “I had serious empty nest syndrome after my own children left home four years ago and started to think about fostering. I initially thought it would be great to foster younger children but I heard about Homestays, a way of supporting older children and teenagers.” Julie also said that this was something that would fit very well with her lifestyle.

There are a planned series of events in Barrow to let people know that if they are feeling the effects of empty nest syndrome, providing foster care could be the answer.

You could have a career in foster care all it takes is a phone call!

Rainbow have been established for over twenty years. We are actively recruiting in the London, Manchester and Birmingham areas. You need a spare room for the exclusive use of a child as well as the interest and dedication to help a vulnerable youngster get off to a good start in life. Many more foster carers are needed to come forward. If you are looking for an agency that will provide the best in terms of support, training and professional career development, then contact us on 020 8427 3355. If the line is busy, we don’t want to lose you so you can also call our National line 0330 311 2845.

At Rainbow we are skilled at matching our placements to our foster carer’s preferences. And you are never alone: the support provided is on a twenty four hour a day basis all year round.

We will answer all your foster care queries

Whatever the topic, we will do our best to provide comprehensive answers. The kinds of questions we are frequently asked are “how long does it take to become a foster carer?” “What is the main fostering allowance?” “Can I foster if I have own dogs?” “What kinds of foster care are there?”

At Rainbow we are committed to finding our foster carers the best fostering opportunities to suit them. Give us a call today - we look forward to hearing from you.

Cumbrian foster carers celebrate fostering for twenty five years

29th, August, 2018

A Cumbrian couple, John and Mary Hayden - aged 86 and 82 have just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. It was a very special day as the celebrations were shared by some of the thirty five foster children John and Mary have cared for. The couple also received a congratulatory card form the Queen. they have thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Some of the children that they cared for only stayed for a short period - but one child was with them for sixteen years. Other special memories include John giving away three of the girls they fostered when they got married.

A career in foster care could be just around the corner!

There are roughly 55,000 foster care families in the UK. But there is a total of 27 million households in the country. This means that just 0.2% of homes have provided accommodated a vulnerable child or young person in need. If you have a spare room, and; most importantly, the time and dedication to improve the circumstances of a child in need, we would like to hear from you.

You can contact us on 020 8427 3355, or our National Foster Care Line 0330 311 2845. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Benefits” enhanced pay rates - up to £40k*pa; 24 hr support 365 days a year; specialist foster care training; generous respite care; the chance to train as a therapeutic foster carer and plenty of invites to social events and foster care support groups.

Appeal for more foster carers in Flintshire, Wales

21st, August, 2018

Flintshire council is working hard to attract new foster carers. The fostering team has set up number of information sessions in the locality aimed at encouraging more people to consider foster care as a career. The cabinet member for social services, Cllr Christine Jones, stated -

“Our problem is that our wonderful experienced foster carers are full. They are already caring for children long term and we have new children coming into foster care who need a loving, safe, caring home.”

She identified that the issue is experienced foster carers are retiring and there is a pressing need to replace them. Last year a total of sixty nine children were fostered with the majority being looked after by the one hundred and twenty three local authority foster carers. Cllr Christine Jones also stated -

“We are looking for people who, ideally have some experience of working with children, perhaps in their job in a school, nursing or event as a scout leader or experience of raising their own children.”

It’s time to make a difference! Foster with Rainbow.

At Rainbow Fostering we have twenty years experience supporting and training foster carers so they can make a lasting difference to the lives of some very vulnerable young people. More children are coming into care who have experienced abuse and neglect. They need love and security. If you can offer a stable home and want to support a child with their education, please contact us today on 020 8427 3355 - National Line 0330 311 2845.

Fostering is a rewarding and amazing journey. Joining Rainbow will mean you will receive a generous financial allowance, around the clock support and superb training opportunities. Rainbow is a leading and highly respected agency that has been caring for carers and children for over twenty years. Therapeutic foster care: we offer the chance for you to receive enhanced payments if you train to be a therapeutic foster carer with us. This is a type of specialized foster care looking after children with complex problems and behavioural issues. Turning around the lives of such children can be extremely rewarding.

Foster care news updates and stories that affect the lives of all children

16th, August, 2018

Findings have just been published by the Welsh Government from a consultation which has been made looking into plans to bring in legislation aimed at removing the defence of reasonable punishment of children in Wales. The effect of this could be that any adult looking after a child would not be allowed to use physical punishment.

Responses to the consultation will be published in the form of a summary, by the Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies. The Minister said:

“As a government, we are committed to introducing legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment, which will prohibit the physical punishment of children by parents and those acting in loco parentis. This reinforces our long-standing commitment to children’s rights.”

The consultation itself received over 1,890 responses. 50.3% people agreed with the proposed change as it would protect the rights of children - 48.1% disagreed. The exercise involved consulting with a range of organisations and individuals. Over 270 people also attended one of the special engagement events held across the country.

A Bill will now be introduced by the First Minister, of the Welsh Government removing the defence of reasonable punishment.

Show you can make difference and foster a child or teenager with Rainbow

It sometimes seems hard for us to believe, but Rainbow Fostering has been providing loving, stable homes for children in difficult circumstances for over twenty years. Along the way, we have developed unrivalled experience in knowing how to recruit, and then support people to deal with the daily challenges foster care presents.

An imam in Halifax, Nova Scotia, works to get more Muslim foster carers.

13th, August, 2018

The challenges of attracting new foster carers are not confined to the UK. In Halifax, The Department of Community Services, is Muslim communities in an attempt to increase the number of foster carers. their gas been a significant decline: 6 years ago, there were approximately 800 foster homes - last year that number had dropped to 580.

Imam Abdallah Yousri, responding to the need to find more foster families said about fostering - “We believe that this is an act of worship in Islam.” This was after the DCS contacted the Ummah Mosque and Community Centre in Halifax with the goal of attracting more families into fostering.

The problems of recruiting foster carers are shared by many nations. Declines in available numbers are caused by experienced foster carers retiring and the challenges associated with recruiting younger people into fostering.

You could foster a vulnerable young person with Rainbow

Fostering can be an amazing, rewarding experience. Rainbow Fostering has been looking after youngsters from a diverse range of backgrounds for over twenty years. The care we offer is second to none and delivered by skilled foster carers. They are members of our dynamic team of child-focused professionals. We need more people to join us! Can we tempt you? Simply call 020 8427 3355 or call the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845. Whatever questions you may have regarding the types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer? Or the fostering allowance - we’re here to help and guide you.

Foster care crisis in the West Country.

8th August, 2018

A Bristol based foster agency has gone on the record stating the number of children and young people needing foster homes has grown at its highest rate in seven years. In the week just gone, there were over one hundred and ninety four enquiries requesting foster homes. This is at a time when the region is contending with a growing shortage of foster carers in the region. The situation is particularly worrying as the number of people coming forward to apply to be carers has declined by around a third. The result of this is to leave many youngsters in short-term placements. Things have reached the point where the shortage means,; it is claimed, that some children are having to return to homes where they were judged to be at risk.

Experience fostering the Rainbow way.

Twenty years is the length of time that Rainbow Fostering Services have been finding homes for vulnerable children and teenagers. In recent years, the number of children needing foster placements has been rising. This means that there is a pressing need to find more people to take up fostering. If you are passionate about making a real difference for a child that needs a stable, loving home - and everything that goes with that - we would like to talk with you. Your past experiences, skills and approach to life is what matters to us. Your age, sexuality, ethnicity or marital status is not important. We need foster carers from all backgrounds and cultural traditions. Please call us on 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845 - we’ll do our best to answer all your questions.

Foster care concerns in Kent.

6th August, 2018

In Kent, out-of-area placements have become a controversial issue. Fears have been expressed that there are risks in East Kent areas on the coast, which have the potential to cause the kinds of problems faced in Rotherham. The risks of gang violence and sexual exploitation are considered to be so serious, that some local head teachers informed the government that school places would no longer be offered to foster children sent to the area by other local authorities.

Currently there are over 1,300 looked-after-children living in Kent sent from other local authorities. This is according to Kent county council’s director for children, young people and education - Matt Dunkley. This figure represents more than a third of all the youngster in the care system in the UK.

In England, finding accommodation for foster children away from their home boroughs has now become a widespread practice. The numbers of youngsters now placed in residential homes away from their LAs have risen dramatically by around two thirds in the last 5 years.

Find your calling in life - become a foster carer

Rainbow Fostering has now been caring for both children and their foster carers for over twenty years. This means we have the expertise that will enable you to develop a career in fostering. Whatever questions you may have regarding types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer? Just call us as we have a knowledgeable recruitment team able to answer all your questions. Simply call 020 8427 3355 or call the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845. Our website is packed with information on all aspects of foster care - we welcome any feedback you might care to give us.

Focus children, carers and all youngsters will benefit from new online safety website.

2nd August, 2018

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) works alongside various child protection partners, both in the UK and overseas to keep track of threats to children. They are dedicated to tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse - online and offline. CEOP’s ThinkuKnow has now launched ‘Band Runner’. This is an interactive game aimed at eight to ten year olds. It is intended to help them to build their awareness of the risks that can be encountered online. ‘Band Runner’ assist children in:

  • feeling confident enough to seek the help of a trusted adult when they feel they need it;
  • distinguishing between safe and unsafe behaviours on the internet;
  • acquire familiarity with the Thinkuknow 8 to 10’s website so they are able to use it to seek advice and support for remaining safe online visit https://bit.ly/2LeU4DM for details.

You can be reassured that because Rainbow Fostering has been caring for both children and their foster carers for over twenty years, we have all the expertise you will need to build a career in foster care. At the moment we would like especially to speak with people with an interest in fostering sibling groups and teenagers. We provide in-depth training and around the clock support. Whatever questions you have regarding the various types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer as examples, we have a knowledgeable team on hand to provide the answers to all your questions. Just call 020 8427 3355 or the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845

Focus on foster children in Scotland will be maintained by ‘Falling through Cracks’ report

1st August, 2018

The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, has responded to MSP Kezia Dugdale’s report ‘Falling Through the Cracks’: “We welcome the findings of the Falling Through the Cracks report and commend Kezia Dugdale for maintaining a focus on looked after children in Scotland. The Scottish Government has an aspiration for Scotland to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up, but the figures reflected in this report show that there is a long way to go until that aspiration becomes a reality for looked after children.”

Sara Lurie expressed concern that the number of young people taking advantage of ‘Continuing Care’ (the option to remain with foster carers after the age of 18), is disturbingly low. The figures within the report indicated that only 177 youngsters took the opportunity. This situation was described as being “woeful’’ by Sara Lurie, who identified adequate resourcing being a major concern: “Funding is at the heart of why Continuing Care is not working. We agree with the report’s recommendations regarding the Scottish Government ensuring that the funding of Continuing Care is ring-fenced, but the Scottish Government must also increase the amount of money they are giving to local authorities to making Continuing Care work.”

Start your career in foster care today

Rainbow Fostering is one of the leading independent foster care agencies with twenty plus years experience. Whether you are new to foster care or an experienced carer, Rainbow will provide you with first class training and support. Our carers come from a whole variety of backgrounds and circumstances. They all relish being a part of our welcoming and vibrant community. We provide a generous financial package and extend opportunities for training. This means anyone joining us will be supported to build a career in fostering through developing their professional skills. Find out what it takes to be a foster carer with Rainbow by calling 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. Visit our website where you will discover plenty of information about fostering relating to: the fostering allowance and benefits; types of fostering and how long does it take to become a foster carer.

Foster carers and parents given advice for online safety for children

30th July, 2018

The long summer holidays are here again which means children and young people can find themselves with time on their hands. The UK Safer Internet Centre’s published guidance in the form a blog for parents and carers to make sure that children can stay safe online.

It advises those looking after youngsters should - “learn more about the apps, games and services children are using you can spend some time on them, familiarise yourself with their reporting and blocking features and ensure that you have the knowledge to be able to help them if they face a problem over the summer holidays or in the future.”

Foster with a leading agency today

Are you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency? Yes, then make sure you give our expert recruitment team at Rainbow fostering services a call: we’ll give you a comprehensive idea about what fostering children involves.

We provide both our applicants and foster carers excellent support and training. If you are interested in fostering uk, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for lots more general information about fostering which covers; amongst many other subjects how long it takes to become a foster carer and foster carer requirements.

Government response to foster care stocktake and education select committee inquiry

27th July, 2018

Following the fostering stocktake and the education select committee inquiry on foster care, the government has been responding. It has said that it agreed foster care ought now to be considered as part of the whole care system. Following the creation of an Adoption Leadership Board in 2014 and a Residential Care leadership Board in 2017, there will now be a National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care. This will be chaired by the director general at the Department for Education.

The government response says: "Over time, we hope that the forum will provide the department and government with crucial advice and leadership at national and local level to promote stability, better life chances and outcomes for children in the care of the state.”

Apply to be a foster carer with Rainbow.

You could be experiencing the rewards of fostering a child or young person right now. We particularly need people to provide foster homes for teenagers and sibling groups. Rainbow provide training and support to enable you to get the most from your fostering experience. We are there 24/7, 365 days a year. Call us now on 020 8427 3355 or on our National Line 0330 311 2845 - we’d love to hear from you. when we discussed your motivations to foster, we will send you an information pack which provides a wide range of advice and guidance on all the options available for fostering. It will cover how to foster a child uk; foster carer pay; types of fostering; how long it takes to become a foster carer and foster carer requirements. In the meantime, there is also a lot of information about fostering on our website.

Children in foster care need to experience loving and stable homes, says government

25th July, 2018

The government has in the last few days responded to recent reviews examining the state of fostering. Measures have been announced by Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi. There is a requirement to provide foster families with clearer advice around the area of physical affection. The aim is to enable foster carers to feel more able to comfort and hug the children in their care.

Nadhim Zahawi stated: “We want every child in foster care to have a loving, stable home and trusted relationships so they can have the ‘normal’ life they desperately want and experience the same opportunities as other children.” He also stated: “We want every child in foster care to have a loving, stable home and trusted relationships so they can have the ‘normal’ life they desperately want and experience the same opportunities as other children.”

The Department for Education, responding to the ‘Foster care in England’ review by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, has identified six areas to be prioritised. These include:

  • improving the experience of children in foster care;
  • greater stability for children in care;
  • empowering foster families;
  • driving improvements in fostering practice;
  • establishing better ways of matching children with families.
Find out more about fostering with Rainbow

Visit our website and you will see we have included a significant amount of information on providing foster care for teenagers, sibling groups as well as for the category of parent and child. However, there is a particular need for people who may already have experience of working with children in a professional capacity - such as in the field of youth work. This is because we are interested in finding people who want to train to be therapeutic foster carers. This type of fostering involves caring for children who come into care with complex problems because they experienced abuse of one kind or another. This can come in different forms, from neglect to sexual abuse - or having been in an environment where they have been subjected to, or witnessed violence. Such children can have varying degrees of trauma resulting from their experiences. This can mean they need to have clinical support to help them to recover. Therapeutic foster carers receive specialist training to support the work of clinicians, who devise therapeutic treatment programmes which will be tailored to the individual needs of a child or young person.

If you would like to find out more please register your interest online via our Rainbow website. If you prefer, we would be delighted to receive your call: 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

Foster care charity hugely disappointed by government response

23rd July, 2018

The Westminster Government has; in its response to the foster care stocktake, disappointed The Fostering Network. The central charge made by fostering’s leading charity is that the response “lacks teeth.” The charity states that there is little that they disagree with - indeed there are certain recommendations that they support, overall its judgement is this a wasted opportunity.

The Fostering Network has not pulled any punches: it accuses the government of fundamentally misunderstanding the role of foster carers and what they need in order to do their best for the foster children they care for.

The charity believes that what is needed is a “systemic change” throughout the fostering sector. It believes because there is no ambitious plan for the future, such change will not be facilitated. This is a damning response from the largest fostering charity in the UK:

“There is no sense of the Government taking ownership of improving fostering, nor of the urgent need for change. The voices of foster carers have largely been ignored and the tens of thousands of children and young people in their care have been let down.”

Could your skills and life experience equip you to be a foster carer?

We are constantly looking for foster carers from a range of different backgrounds: same sex couples, married couples, single people - as well as divorced people. And whatever your cultural background, education, religion or status, we would like to talk with you - today! What you will need, apart fro a spare room, is an interest in children and young people. Plus the character to do your best for a child you are looking after. If this sounds as if it could be you, call us today on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

In the meantime…

Take a tour around our website. Here, you will find a lot of information on fostering: from levels of foster carer pay, the different types of fostering, just how long does it take to become a foster carer criteria for fostering and the fostering assessment process.

Nationwide foster care survey launched by leading charity

16th July, 2018

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has just launched its biennial survey of foster carers: ‘The State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2018 Survey’. This is intended to be the most comprehensive ‘snapshot, of the attitudes, views and opinions of foster carers in the UK. The aim is to canvass views across a wide range of fostering topics such as remuneration and status. It allows the charity to assess progress, or otherwise, from when the last survey was conducted. It also plays a vital role in helping The Fostering Network to formulate future campaigns.

The Fostering network’s policy manager, Kate Lawson, stated:

“This survey is crucial to my work, as well as to that of my campaigns colleagues, because the findings of the survey will form the basis of our policy and campaigning work over the coming couple of years.”

The last time the survey was conducted in 2016, over 2,500 foster carers took part. The results were used to compile a report which was used to bring pressure to bear upon decision makers. This year’s survey will continue that effort, so that a focus can be maintained on the needs of foster carers and the children they care for.

Consider becoming a foster carer with Rainbow.

If you like children and young people and want to make a crucial difference to some vulnerable young lives, call us today on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can provide advice on a range of topics. These include fostering sibling groups, parent and child and fostering teenagers. We are seeing increasing numbers of children coming into care who have suffered various types of trauma as a result of their experiences. Such children are looked after by therapeutic foster carers - we urgently need more people to train for this specialist area of fostering.

Foster care: new guidance on safeguarding

11th July, 2018

Revised statutory guidance has been published by the Department for Education for agencies and organisations that have involvement with children. It covers what they must do in terms of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in England under the age of eighteen.

Statutory guidance is provided on:
  • assessing need and providing help including early help;
  • organisational responsibilities;
  • multi-agency safeguarding arrangements;
  • local and national child safeguarding practice reviews; and child death reviews.

The DfE has also published transitional guidance and advice on information sharing for people who are involved providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

How to be a foster carer with Rainbow

Simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’ll spend all the time necessary to inform you about what foster care involves. This ranges from: training that foster carers need; how long it takes to become a foster carer; what foster carers can expect to be paid and what background experience you need to be a foster carer. Therapeutic fostering: we are encouraging people to consider this type of foster care as there is an urgent need to support children coming into care who are suffering from trauma. This is mostly the result of abuse or neglect. Therapeutic foster carers need additional training. They are paid enhanced rates. Find out more by visiting our website.

New foster care survey for Scotland

9th July, 2018

A new study has been launched in Scotland examining the many aspects involved in foster care. The aim is to determine what a good relationship between a child/young person and a foster carer looks like. Foster carers, especially male carers are being invited to participate in a qualitative study - ‘Relationships in Foster Care Professional Role’ - being organised by researchers from CELCIS. This is being done in collaboration with the Slovak Academy of Sciences. CELCI are an organisation committed “making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of Scotland's children living in and on the edges of care.”

Have a care…foster care

At Rainbow fostering we have an important goal: this is to identify people who have experience of working with children in a professional capacity, who might want to become therapeutic foster carers. This will require dedication and a willingness to attend regular training. A therapeutic foster carer is someone who is trained to able to support vulnerable children whilst they are being helped to recover from trauma. So many children are coming into care having been the victims of abuse or neglect. It takes a very special kind of person to support a child to recover. And then inspire them to go on and make a success of their lives. If you think you have the interest and skills to join our Team at Rainbow, please get in touch today on 020 8427 3355 (National Line 0330 311 2845).

We can provide assistance with all your queries that might include: types of training that therapeutic foster require; the different aspects of therapeutic fostering; rates of pay and the enhanced rates violable to therapeutic foster carers and can you become qualified as a specialist therapeutic foster carer. Our training facilitates helping to create stability and attachment for a child or young person by using a range of therapeutic techniques. Some children may need weekly therapy with a specialist trauma and attachment therapist: no two cases are alike - as a therapeutic foster carer, you will be trained to support the treatment programme devised by a therapist.

Some head teachers in Kent announce they will no longer look after foster children

3rd July, 2018

A group of head teachers in Kent has said that they will no longer accept looked after children from London. There is a caveat: ministers would have to take personal responsibility for the safety of children coming from the capital. The announcement drew a response from The Fostering Network - the leading foster care charity - their chief executive, Kevin Williams, stated:

“Moving fostered young people from their local area is a decision that should not be taken lightly and in the majority of cases it will be more beneficial for the young person to have the stability of staying near family, friends and their wider support network. This is one of the reasons we are calling on the Government to prioritise the funding of foster care and the recruitment and retention of foster carers around the UK.”

Kent is a local authority that has seen a large influx of foster children. The concern of The Fostering Network is that head teachers may well be reinforcing the stereotype that all foster children pose challenges and have behavioural issues.

Foster carers need across the UK

We agree with Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, that the answer to the issues raised in this news article, is simply to find more foster carers throughout the UK. If you would like to become a foster carer, you would be helping to change the lives of some groups of very vulnerable young people: sibling groups, teenagers - and youngsters with special needs are currently waiting to find a loving and supportive foster home.

As a trained therapeutic foster carer your earnings will be enhanced: £25k - £40k - depending on the type of therapeutic placement you have - and your experience. What is satisfying, is the knowledge you can rebuild a young, damaged life. We have a lot of information on our website covering more about what is involved in being a therapeutic foster carer. We get many questions ranging from:

  • the various types of training that therapeutic foster carers need to have;
  • the different kinds of therapeutic fostering that is available post training;
  • How much one can expect to earn as a therapeutic foster carer;
  • Do you need to do exams to become a therapeutic foster carer?

Call our friendly team of recruitment specialists for the answers to any questions you might have: 020 8427 3355 - or our National number 0330 311 2845

A new bursary for apprenticeships will benefit those leaving foster care

29th June, 2018

Care leavers aged between sixteen and twenty four can now expect to receive a new £1,000 bursary if they decide to take advantage of an apprenticeship. This will be available from August 2018. This financial help is designed to help them in the first year of their apprenticeship as they move into the workplace to commence their practical studies.

When this change comes into effect in 2018 it will be one of a series of adjustments which will include increasing the number of apprenticeship funding bands. The chief executive of The Children’s Society Matthew Reed commented:

“It can be hugely difficult for children leaving care to manage their finances for the first time without the family support enjoyed by other young people and they are more likely than their peers to not be in education, employment and training.”

Anne Milton, who is the Apprenticeships and Skill Minister stated: “We know those leaving care can experience additional barriers to getting an apprenticeship.” she also said -

“Everyone should get a chance to be able to start an apprenticeship and change their life, so I’m really pleased that as we see how we can make the apprenticeship system work better we are able to offer this extra support for those leaving care.”

Changing times for foster care.

In recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of children coming into foster care who have complex needs. There has been a real spike recently in those who are traumatised because of the abuse or neglect they have suffered. Such children need very special foster care in order for them to recover and start to make progress in their lives. Therapeutic foster carers are trained to support a child, or young person on their road to recovery. It takes a special person to provide this kind of foster care. It is challenging but ultimately rewarding in so many ways.

As a trained therapeutic foster carer your earnings can be between £25k - £40k. But most satisfying of all is the knowledge you will have played a huge part in rebuilding a young, damaged life. We have a dedicated page on our website which provides more information about what is involved in therapeutic foster care. Some of the questions we are asked cover -

  • various types of training for therapeutic foster care;
  • the kinds of therapeutic fostering that are offered;
  • why Rainbow offers so much to therapeutic foster carers.

At the end of our particular Rainbow you will find: the opportunity to get qualifications to build your career; extremely competitive allowances - the rewards can be significant for well trained foster carers; particularly generous respite care and 24 hour support.

Report from LKMco will bear upon the experiences of foster children

26th June, 2018

The education and youth ‘think-and-action’ tank LKMco together with the mental health organisation Minds Ahead, have just produced a report which examines the role of schools in addressing factors affecting children and young people’s mental health care. As a significant number of youngsters coming into care have arrived with varying degrees of trauma, the issues of mental health and how problems can be picked up in schools are now likely to gain more prominence.

The report has made fifteen recommendations which combines the views of experts as well as findings from academic research. Significantly, it is proposed that a new school-based mental health development programme should be created. The aim will be to make available support from pre-clinical mental health specialists who will work in Personal, Social and Health teaching.

Again, this is to be welcomed, as many of the children entering care should; at the very least be assessed by mental health professionals. They have been removed from their home, separated from their immediate family - very often after experiencing persistent physical, mental abuse and neglect.

Calling anyone interested in fostering a child with special needs

Over recent weeks, Rainbow has attended the Autism Show in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Here we have met professionals with direct experience of autism and - most encouragingly, amongst the attendees - had a significant number of enquiries. This is because we communicated just how rewarding it is to provide foster care for children with special needs. If you would like to find out more about how rewarding fostering can be, please call our experts on 020 8427 3355, or if busy, our national number 0330 311 2845. Fostering now offers a great career opportunity if you have dedication, and a genuine commitment to making a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable children. If you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, you will be paid enhanced rates. The training will cover: the kinds of therapeutic fostering courses we run; types of training for therapeutic foster care and how to acquire the certificate in therapeutic foster care.

Foster children in England to receive fifteen extra hours free childcare

25th June, 2018

The Government in Westminster has now announced it will be introducing fifteen additional hours of free childcare for foster children. This will commence in September. In response to the announcement, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated -

“‘We warmly welcome this announcement which comes following a campaign led by The Fostering Network and our supporters. We were dismayed when we first realised that fostered children aged three and four in England were initially excluded from the additional 15 hours of free childcare a week that had been made available to parents since September 2017. Today’s announcement is an important milestone in rectifying that exclusion and we welcome the receptiveness of the Department for Education to our campaigning.”

Whilst welcoming the announcement, Kevin Williams made reference to the fact that for the foster children to have been originally excluded from this had been “discriminatory and inexplicable.” He also commented that the announcement would also be “particularly good news for the recruitment of foster carers.” This is because it signals a consistent message from the Government that it is possible to foster and combine this with other work.

Foster a child or young person with Rainbow

It’s easy to become a foster carer and start making a huge difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person. Give our friendly team a call and we’ll be happy to talk through what fostering babies, children or sibling groups involves. You might like the idea of providing a foster home for a teenager - there are many looking for a secure and loving home.

Simply call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for general information about foster care: this covers a wide range of topics including - what is fostering? the fostering allowance, how long does it take to become a foster carer, types of fostering, foster care requirements and foster carer payments.

We are also looking to train people to become therapeutic foster carers. This is a specialist area of fostering aimed at providing care for children who have become traumatised. In most cases, this is a consequence of being abused or neglected. Again, please call if you would like to find out more.

Stability Index reinforces the need for continuity of care from social workers for foster children

21st June, 2018

The “most common” cause for instability experienced by foster children is their being subjected to frequent changes of social worker. This has been determined by a report just produced by the children’s commissioner. The Stability Index monitors changes in schools, placements and social workers experienced by children looked after by local authorities in England. the findings indicate that 19,000 youngsters in care had experienced frequent changes of social worker between April 2016 to March 20178. This equates to around 1 in 4 of the national total. The report also found that around 4,400 had experienced high rates of change two years running.

The children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, stated “far too many children are leading unstable lives, in particular children entering care in their early teens - “This puts them at greater risk of falling through the gaps in the education system and opens them up to exploitation by gangs or to abuse.”

The Stability Index produced this year is only the second: this is the first time a “reliable national picture” has been produced describing social worker stability rates. The data came from seventy eight local authorities with just over half of those having statutory social work responsibilities.

Could you be a therapeutic foster carer?

A great many children enter the care system having been exposed to various forms of abuse and neglect. This means many are traumatised. It takes a special kind of foster carer - a therapeutically trained one - to start to right the damage done to these young lives. We offer the specialist training needed to start this important work. It is challenging, but extremely rewarding as such a difference can be made. We also need people to train to foster teenagers and sibling groups: again we provide the highest quality training for people interested in these categories of care.

To learn more, just call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 or our national number 0330 311 2845. For people thinking of becoming therapeutic foster carers, these are our most frequently asked questions:

  • the kinds of therapeutic fostering courses offered;
  • therapeutic fostering agencies to contact;
  • types of training for therapeutic foster care;
  • how to get the certificate in therapeutic foster care - plus therapeutic foster care training available online.

Increase in educational attainment for foster children in Scotland

20th June, 2018

The Scottish Government has released figures that indicate educational outcomes for ‘looked after children’ - particularly foster children - are improving. Figures reveal that they are closing the gap when compared to all school children. In the year 2009/10 the gap was 45 per cent in contrast to 17 per cent in the year 2016/17. What has emerged is that it is the stability of relationships that links directly to educational outcomes.

The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, reacted to the figures by stating -

“We are very pleased to see how much the gap in educational outcomes has closed over the last few years. There is still, of course, work to be done but these figures really are moving in the right direction and reflect years of targeted hard work by looked after young people, foster carers, social worker and educationalists. ‘The figures show that looked after children with the most positive outcomes are in foster care, and this reflects what is already well known – that foster care is a protective factor, that foster carers have a vital role to play as first educators and that a secure family environment, with foster carers who prioritise education, gives young people every opportunity to flourish educationally.”

Interested in becoming a therapeutic foster carer? Talk to Rainbow Fostering

Rainbow are a No 1 Agency: we are so because of the care we provide for our foster carer - as well as our children. We are currently offering significant opportunities for those interested in fostering sibling groups or teenagers. Our children and young people come from many different backgrounds - all are desperate to find a secure, loving home.

If you foster a teenager, the professional fees can be as much £700 a week. A high proportion of the children we need to find foster homes for have been traumatised - as a result of abuse or neglect. Therapeutic foster carers can, with specialist training, make a real difference to the lives of these children. These carers also qualify for enhanced rates of pay. Find out more about this specialist area of foster care by calling our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our national number 0330 311 2845. Topics you may wish to have specific information on include:

  • therapeutic fostering courses offered;
  • therapeutic fostering agencies;
  • training for therapeutic foster care;
  • therapeutic fostering models;
  • the certificate in therapeutic foster care;
  • therapeutic foster care training available online.

Pressure on foster care placements in Birmingham

14th June, 2018

The number of children in need is growing in Birmingham. The supply of foster homes is not keeping up with demand with the result there is a risk of youngsters being placed further away from home. This is according to a Government report on the latest figures. Children are also at risk of being in placements that don’t meet all their needs.

There were at March 2017, 8,605 approved fostering placements in the West Midlands area. This actually represented a one per cent increase when compared to 2016, when the records show there were 8520. But, the number of available foster care places recorded as not available on the date, rose by 30.7% - measured over the same period - from 945 to 1,235. This means that the proportion of unavailable places increased from eleven percent to fourteen percent.

It appears that the fostering sector is struggling to keep pace with the rising demand. This is because the number of children going into care rose at a faster rate than the number of available fostering places. England saw a 3.2% rise in numbers from 70,450 in March 2016 to 72,670 in March 2017.

The Fostering Network’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Jackie Sanders stated: “With the rise in the number of children coming into care and the fact that three-quarters of children in care live with foster families, there is an increasing demand for fostering services. The Fostering Network estimates that 8,100 new fostering households need to be found in the coming year.”

Meet the challenge and become a therapeutic foster carer in 2018

Whatever your religion, background or personal situation we would be delighted to make you aware of the considerable benefits of becoming a therapeutic foster carer. We are also keen to meet people interested in providing care for a vulnerable parent and child - or a teenager. These are all specialist placements, however, with the right training and support they can certainly be rewarding. Train to be a therapeutic foster carer able to look after children who have experienced trauma, and you will qualify for enhanced rates of pay.

Remember, there are many thousands of youngsters who desperately need a home with foster carers who make them feel they are cared for.

We are more than happy to address questions you might have about fostering. We can offer guidance in relation to -

  • how parent and child fostering assessments are conducted;
  • the legal issues associated with mother and baby placements;
  • what are the rules relating to mother and baby foster carers?

Welcome news for foster parents: call for more support for those leaving care

11th June, 2018

A government advisory body has said that there must be improvements to the support given to care leavers. They also recommended that the system of paying benefits to care leavers should be simplified. The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has produced a report which looked into young people living independently. It found that housing problems are most likely to be experienced by carer leavers. The report says efforts need to be made to make sure this group of young people do not slip through the net and become homeless - or end up being forced to share accommodation with troubled adults.

The report also states: "Care leavers are a group known to have complex needs who are much less likely to have family support networks than other young people and are more likely to live independently at a young age.”

Twelve thousand young people leave care every year: one in five of them end up homeless within two years, the report says, it also advances a study by Centrepoint, which found that “a quarter of care leavers (26 per cent) had "sofa surfed" and 14 per cent had slept rough, with losing their tenancy a key factor.”

Rainbow are a No 1 agency seeking people to be therapeutic foster carers

We provide opportunities to foster children of all ages from all kinds of different backgrounds. For example: If you foster a teenager, you can receive much as £700 a week. Foster carer looking after sibling groups can earn more. Once trained to parent therapeutically, foster carers can earn higher rates.

Because there are so many vulnerable children who have experienced abuse or neglect, we see high levels of trauma as a result. To help such children move on from such experiences, a special kind of carer is needed: a therapeutic foster carer. You may wish to discuss aspects of therapeutic fostering that may include: therapeutic foster care training online, therapeutic fostering models - and certificate in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering courses or training for therapeutic foster care.

To learn more about helping a child to recover from the effects of trauma, abuse or neglect, call 020 8427 3355 or, you can use our national number 0330 311 2845.

Foster care services in Suffolk need more carers

8th June, 2018

More people are being invited to consider becoming foster parents in Suffolk. Fostering services there have stated that they need to find twenty five new foster carers annually for children aged over eleven. The county council runs Suffolk Fostering and Adoption and the goal is now to encourage more people to think about fostering irrespective of their personal circumstances. The organisation considers that it is important to debunk certain myths about fostering and who may or may not be allowed to be a foster carer.

The practice manager, Claire Gwatkin, stated - “11+ is the main group – we need to be growing that by 25 placements a year, and these are placements that don’t take into account other ages.”

Rainbow now looking for therapeutic foster carers

Rainbow are a No 1 Agency. We offer opportunities to foster children of all ages and young people from all kinds of backgrounds. If you foster a teenager, the professional fees can be as much as £700 a week. And foster carers; once trained to parent therapeutically, can earn higher rates. Areas you may wish to discuss with us about therapeutic fostering may include: therapeutic foster care training online, therapeutic fostering models - and certificate in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering courses, training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering agencies.

We have specialist recruitment advisors able to provide information on all of the above areas. Have a chat about what therapeutic foster care involves on a day to day basis. To learn more about assisting a child to overcome the effects of trauma, abuse or neglect, our team can be reached on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, use our national number 0330 311 2845. We’re looking forward to your call!

Leading foster care charity responds to stability index

5th June, 2018

The Children’s Commissioner in England has drawn a response from The Fostering Network after producing a second Stability Index report. This is an annual report which monitors the experiences of children in care. It collects data from local authorities in England to establish how frequently children in care are ‘pinging’ around the care system. This means either changing home, school or social worker over the period of a year. This data shows that over two years, over 3,000 children had to move home four or more times.

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, acknowledged that the vast majority of children are in a stable, nurturing foster home, but that “the Children’s Commissioner’s Stability Index show that too many children and young people are experiencing instability as a result of a move of home or school, or a change in social worker. This is of great concern and simply isn’t good enough. Everyone within the fostering sector must work to improve the situation as a matter of urgency.”

Kevin Williams also made a call for more people to step forward to become foster parents. There is a particular need for people to offer homes for teenagers and sibling groups.

Rainbow need therapeutic foster carers and foster carers for teenagers

Rainbow are a No 1 Agency offering many opportunities to foster children and young people from many different backgrounds. Foster a teenager and the professional fees can be up to £700 weekly. Therapeutic foster carers can, with specialist training earn higher rates. Points to consider in relation to this type of care are:

  • therapeutic fostering courses;
  • training for therapeutic foster care;
  • therapeutic foster care training online;’
  • therapeutic fostering agencies;
  • therapeutic fostering models; certificate in therapeutic foster care.

Our specialist recruitment advisors can provide information on all of the above - as well as have a chat about what therapeutic foster care involves on a day to day basis. To discover more about helping a child overcome the effects of trauma or neglect, please call our team on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our national number 0330 311 2845.

8,000 new foster care homes needed in the UK in 2018

29th May, 2018

The leading charity, the Fostering Network, has announced that more than 8,000 new foster families are needed this year to make sure; as they put it - “all fostered children can be found the right foster home first time”. The need is particularly urgent with regard to placing siblings and teenagers.

These latest figures, published on the first day of the charity’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ indicate that 6,800 foster families are needed in England; 550 foster families in Wales; 550 foster families in Scotland and 200 foster families in Northern Ireland.

Having a bigger pool of foster families means that foster care providers can more easily match the individual needs of children and young people. This is extremely important in relation to maintaining placement stability.

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

“Foster carers do something amazing on behalf of our society. Across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes, and thousands of foster families are willing to open their hearts and homes to these children, often offering them their first experience of a stable, secure and caring home”

Therapeutic foster care with Rainbow

Rainbow is currently offering therapeutic foster care training for foster carers who are thinking of transferring. We are also making the training available for new applicants who plan, ultimately, to specialise in caring for children and young people with a range of complex needs. Because many young people have suffered trauma before coming into care, they can be suffering from deep seated psychological and emotional problems. This means their overall behaviour can be difficult to manage. But with the right therapeutic interventions, such children really can make significant progress. This can depend upon their being placed with foster carers who have been trained therapeutically to support the work of a therapeutic clinician.

Figures released for this year indicate that 65% of children who were placed in care last year had been the victims of abuse or neglect. This shows just how pressing the need is for more therapeutic foster carers. So, if you are interested in making a life changing difference to a child that has suffered trauma, please call 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our national line 0330 311 2845.

Our friendly specialist team will also take the time to provide answers to common questions you might have about foster care. These include: levels of foster carer pay? Different types of fostering; How long does it take to become a foster carer; criteria for fostering and fostering assessment questions.

Foster care ‘Bring them Home’ campaign launched

30th April, 2018

Underlining the difficulties faced by other countries in recruiting foster carers, Racine County in Wisconsin has launched a campaign with two main goals: to recruit new foster carers and encourage back local children placed in foster homes away from the county. This is against a backdrop of what has been described as a foster carer crisis with fewer foster homes available as the demand for them increases. The hope is to keep foster children in the community - especially as it increases the chances of keeping siblings together as well as tending to shorten the length of time youngsters are in out-of-home care. Marie Hargrove is the county’s foster care recruitment and retention specialist - “If we bring them home, settling into a foster placement is less traumatic. If we bring them home, the likelihood of sibling groups remaining together is increased. If we bring them home, their emotional and mental well being is more stable.” A career as a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow has many advantages We are now offering high quality therapeutic foster care training for anyone who would like the challenge of turning around the lives of some very vulnerable young people. As many have experienced trauma before coming into the care system, they are affected both psychologically and emotionally. The result: their behaviour can be challenging. But with the right therapeutic interventions, children can make real progress - especially when they are placed with a foster carer who has the knowledge and understanding to help support the treatment programme of a psychotherapist. A therapeutic carer is trained to learn about a child or young person and understand the consequences of the things that might have gone wrong in their lives. This means they can then support their emotional and psychological requirements. Contact Rainbow today! With so many traumatised children coming into care, there is an urgent need for therapeutic foster carers. If you are interested to learn more - please call 020 8427 3355 or phone our national line 0330 311 2845. We would be delighted for an opportunity to explain in more detail the challenges and rewards of therapeutic foster care. Our specialist team are also interested in hearing from anyone thinking about more mainstream fostering. We need  more carers for sibling groups as well as for parent and child placements. So whatever enquiries you have, such as: what do foster carers do? And how much exactly is foster carer pay? Can gay people foster? Is there an age limit to fostering? What are the different types of foster care needed? We will provide answers: remember to check out our website as this provides a lot of information and is updated regularly.

The Times publishes ruling on foster care

26th April, 2018

A ruling has just been published by The Times relating to its inaccurate coverage of a foster care arrangement in Tower Hamlets made with Muslim foster carers. This follows the Independent press standards Organisation (IPSO) upholding the complaint made by Tower Hamlets Council about the original article published by the paper in 2017. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated - “I welcome this ruling. Last year’s article was damaging to the reputation of the individual foster carers, the fostering service and fostering as a whole. I hope those responsible for the article at The Times are able to offer a personal apology to the foster carers and fostering service staff involved in the story as well as recognising the transformational work foster carers do every day around the UK.” IPSO determined that the Times had incorrectly implied that a judge decided to remove a girl from the foster carers because the placement was failing. In fact, the local authority had applied to the court for the child to be placed with her grandmother. Train with Rainbow to be a therapeutic foster carer We are offering therapeutic foster care training for foster carers who wish to transfer. We are also making it available for applicants who want to specialise in caring for children and young people with a range of complex needs. Because many have suffered trauma before coming into care, they can be suffering psychologically and emotionally. This can impact upon their overall behaviour - which can be challenging. With the right therapeutic interventions, such children can make progress - especially when they are placed with a foster carer who has been trained therapeutically to support the work of a therapeutic clinician. This enables them to support the placement effectively. There is a real reward in seeing children recover and begin, with the aid and support of their foster carers, to make progress in life through overcoming their experiences. Figures released  this year indicate that 65% of children who were placed in care last year had suffered abuse or neglect. This means that there is an urgent need for therapeutic foster carers. If you are interested in making a difference to a child that has experienced trauma, call 020 8427 3355 or our national line 0330 311 2845. We will be delighted to explain in more detail what skills will be needed for this kind of foster care - as well as mainstream foster care. Our specialist team provides answers to some very common questions. These include: what do foster carers do? And how much exactly is foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care needed? Our website can also provide a lot of background information - as well as the opportunity to arrange a call back. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Foster care children helped after graduation in U.S.

24th April, 2018

Leaving the security of a foster home can be a daunting prospect for any youngster once they turn 18. Whilst there is provision in place in the UK in the form of ‘Staying Put’, a good many young people still struggle with the move toward independent living. And this can be the situation, not just in this country: in Iowa, more than four hundred teenagers “age out” of the state run foster care system annually. To make a difference, and help children deal with moving on, a group of volunteers in Iowa is working to make a real difference beginning with a graduation party. Most children who graduate high school have the support of family and friends to celebrate this milestone. For foster children this has not been the case, but now ‘The Graduation Celebration’ group is hosting parties; as well as collecting donations of useful household items, to help youngsters transition to the next stage of their lives. Erin Monaghan is one of the organisers stated - “providing dishes, bedding and other simple items for graduates who move out is something most families do automatically. But the kids leaving state supported foster care, or those who are homeless, don’t have that support system.” The intention of the group is that $1,000 is raised for each student leaving foster care, has a graduation party to mark the occasion as well as financial help once they have left the care of the state. Have you got what it takes to become a foster carer? To become a foster carer, the ability to care for and nurture a child is what really counts. We provide outstanding training and levels of support - our expertise has been built over two decades - but the most important thing we look for, is the commitment and dedication to want to make a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child. Recent figures indicate that 65% of children coming into care last year had suffered abuse or neglect which resulted in their being traumatised. This means they often need additional  therapeutic support to recover. We are now, especially interested in training people to become therapeutic foster carers able to care for these particularly vulnerable young children. Experienced therapeutic foster carers are paid enhanced rates and can earn up to £40,000 pa. Call 020 8427 3355 - or our National Line on 0330  311 2845. Our recruitment team has the expertise to provide advice and guidance in this type of foster care - as well as other options you may wish to consider such as fostering a sibling group. Anyone wishing to foster a child, must have a spare room - as well as being prepared to give foster children the love and stability they so desperately need.

Age is no bar to being a foster carer

22nd April, 2018

A remarkable Basildon couple, Frances and Jack Tilley, both aged in their seventies have provided foster care for over one hundred children. And now they have decided to foster two young boys - one aged eight, the other ten. Jack Tilley said - “We have been doing it for the last 23 years and we must have taken more than 100 children into foster care in that time.” The selfless couple have been married for over fifty one years and have fostered children and young people for over two decades. Their route into foster care all those years ago was via an advert in a local paper, but Frances Tilley confirmed that this will be their last placement. Rainbow fostering is seeking motivated people to become foster carers. There is a shortage of over 7,000 foster care families in the UK. We are urging people who may have considered fostering to contact us to learn about the rewards and benefits of fostering. If you have questions about the assessment process, how long it takes to become a foster carer or anything else in connection with foster care, include your details on our online form. Or simply give us a call. To foster you need a spare room, but you do not need any formal qualifications - just a passion to make a difference to a child’s life. It usually takes around 16 to 18 weeks to complete the process and become an approved foster carer. there are six simple stages which one of our recruitment specialists will be happy to explain to you. At Rainbow, we also ensure the process is not just straightforward, but interesting and enjoyable. We are waiting for your call on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line - 0330 311 2845.

Call for kinship carers to receive the same allowances and rights as foster carers.

20th April, 2018

A survey of kinship carers has just been released which throws light on the financial pressures that are faced by kinship carers. Kinship carers are family members or friends that commit to looking after a child that is not able to stay with their parents, rather than them being taken into care.  Figures have just been released by the Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus derived from a survey of 517 kinship carers - 94% state providing care has caused them financial hardship. This is despite their actions meaning children are kept from the local authority care system. In the UK, it is now estimated that approximately 200,000 children are growing up in kinship care. At present, only foster carers receive allowances to cover the costs of caring for a child or young person. Research has established a clear link between kinship care and deprivation. The chief executive of the Family Rights Group, Cathy Ashley, stated: “These kinship carers are doing all that could be asked of them by society and more. But instead of getting the support they and the children need, many kinship carers are left in poverty, isolated and having to battle to just make ends meet, whilst often also caring for traumatised children. The benefits system is getting harsher, with the benefit cap and sanctions causing some kinship care households to even lose their homes, just because they did right by the child.” You could have a bright future as a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering At Rainbow, we commit to making the process of becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding. It’s not complicated, but you do need to have a spare room for a child. Call us on 020 8427, or  our national line, 0330 311 2845 and we will explain how easy it is to start fostering. There are only six steps and we support and guide you through each of them:
  • step one - your initial enquiry to Rainbow;
  • step two - we make an initial home visit;
  • step three - we help you to complete an application form and check your references;
  • step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment;
  • step five - your preparation and training;
  • step six - you meet with our Panel - where, if you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster and await your first placement from us.
Usually the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks. STOP PRESS: Rainbow Fostering will be present at this year’s Muslim Lifestyle Show 21st and 22nd April 2018 at Olympia, London. If you want to learn about the rewards and benefits of becoming a foster carer, drop by our stand at what will be a memorable and varied day out.

More foster carers needed as the number of sibling groups being separated rises.

19th April, 2018

A BBC report has just highlighted an increase in the number of sibling groups that are being separated when they come into the care of a local authority. In the last year the rise has been significant: it amounts to almost fifty percent in the numbers of brothers and sisters in England who are not residing together. This is even though their care plan says that they should be. The result is that around two thousand children in England are not benefiting from the experience of a shared childhood with their siblings. The situation is far from being acceptable in many different ways - not the least being the increased trauma caused by separation when youngsters come into care. Make the decision to foster siblings with Rainbow We are looking for people to be trained as foster carers and want to talk particularly to those who want to foster sibling groups. There are many rewards when fostering siblings - but there are quite a few challenges as well. One of the advantages is that a foster carer has a ‘ready made’ family, but additional support and training will be required. At Rainbow we ensure that the back up we provide all our foster carers is second to none. Fostering siblings is one of the most important things anyone can do: keeping siblings together plays a vital role in maintaining their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. So if you decide to become a foster carer, you could make all the difference in the world by helping to keep a young family together. To find out more, phone our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 - or 0330 311 2845 (Rainbow National Line). They used to dealing with a wide range of enquiries: what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you might have, we will help you to decide whether being a foster carer is right for you. We promise to apply no pressure and there is no obligation. We look forward to your call.

Foster Carers should benefit from new thinking on improving services for children with learning disabilities.

16th April, 2018

Guidelines have now been published by NICE covering the service design and delivery of services for children, young people along with adults with learning difficulties. The guidelines have been informed by the views of those who use the services. They include these groups - all members of which should have the right support to live full lives in society. They focus on the services available for children, young people, including adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and challenging behaviour. The intention is to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers - with a focus on prevention and early intervention and minimising inpatient admissions. Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them. Make your future in foster care So many young people coming into care today have sadly experienced different forms of abuse or neglect. Latest figures show that these are the reasons that 65% of children are taken into care. This means that there is an urgent need to find more people to come forward and foster. There are challenges - but the rewards are unique. You can learn what these are by contacting our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Our team provides answers to some common questions - what do foster carers do? And how much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care needed? So whatever questions you have of your own, we are here to help you to decide if fostering is for you and your family. When you speak with us, there is no pressure or obligation - and, just think, it could be the start of an amazing life changing journey.

Home Office report on asylum seeking children will be of interest to local authorities providing foster care.

11th April, 2018

A report has just been published by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration which examines the Home Office’s management of asylum seeking children. It examines how the best interests of the child are taken into consideration throughout the asylum process. The report looks into the reception of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, disputes around age, decision making and the National Transfer Scheme.assessment. In the twelve month period - 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2-017, 2,952 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the United Kingdom. In total, this represented 11% of the the 27,983 asylum claims  that the Home Office registered in that period. More children are, with assistance, taking legal action to stay in the area where they were first placed in care by the ‘entry’ Local Authority. In the case of one sixteen year old boy living with a foster family in 2017, the judge ruled that he could stay with his foster family. Time to think about a career in fostering.  At Rainbow we have been recruiting and training foster carers for twenty years. During this period our community of dedicated foster carers have made the difference to many vulnerable young lives. We are looking for people to take up the challenge of fostering - especially those interested in training to become therapeutic foster carers. Call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line on 0330  311 2845, and we will provide advice and guidance on all the options to be considered. To provide foster care you must have a room available for the exclusive use of a child or young person. Most important of all, you must have the interest and dedication to support a child through their education. Children coming into care need love and stability. This is because a great many have only known disruption and chaos. Foster carers can make an amazing difference to the outlook and prospects of vulnerable children. If you want to make that kind of difference, start your fostering journey with us today! At Rainbow Fostering, we do our best to make the process of becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding;
  • step one - call and enquire;
  • step two - your initial home visit;
  • step three - completing an application form and suppling references;
  • step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment;
  • step five - your preparation and training;
  • step six - The Panel - where, if you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster.
On average this process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes between sixteen and eighteen weeks.

Call to protect foster families from data breaches

6th April, 2018

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has  responded to news which has been released indicating a significant rise in fostering related data breaches in London. The charity’s communications and public affairs director, Jackie Sanders, stated - “It is extremely disappointing to hear about this increase in data breaches. Living with a foster family ought to provide safety and stability to children who so desperately need it. Anything that puts that stability at risk must be challenged.” She also said - 'The fact that children are having to be moved and foster families are fearing for their safety is appalling. Foster carers must be certain that their data is secure, and fostering and related services must prioritise eliminating these breaches as a matter of urgency.” Across the capital, the reports of data breaches within child protection departments have gone up by a third over the last four years. Choose a career in foster care with Rainbow Fostering. In London - as with many of our cities - there is a real diversity in fostered children, which means that foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone will have different life experiences, some of which can be very useful in providing children and young people with safe, loving and secure homes. Fostering service providers set common criteria for people be eligible to become foster carers:
  • you must be a full time resident in the UK or have leave to remain;
  • you must have the time to care for a child - often on a full time basis;
  • you must be at least 21 years of age (the law states people can foster from 18);
  • you must have a spare bedroom for a young person to use for themselves.
If you are seriously considering foster care as a career, then you can all our recruitment team for further advice, or complete our online application form.  We will then contact you and arrange a convenient time to tell you more about what fostering involves. The numbers to use are 020 8427 3355 or (National Line) 0330 311 2845. It normally takes between 16 - 18 weeks to become an approved foster carer from your initial enquiry - then six simple stages. At Rainbow, we ensure the process is straightforward, and then make your fostering experience simple and rewarding.

Cambridgeshire faces desperate shortage of foster carers

3rd April, 2018

The view according to one agency is that around 500 more foster carers are needed across Cambridgeshire. There is a significant shortfall of foster carers in the area which has meant children are being found foster homes outside the county. The hope is to attract more local foster carers to reduce the additional upset to children and young people when they are placed further away from their birth families. A special two day event is planned at the Grafton centre in Cambridge on April 6th and 7th. The intention is to create awareness of the need for more foster carers in Cambridgeshire. Time to consider becoming a foster carer? There is a shortage of foster carers able offer some very vulnerable children secure and loving homes. Many children have suffered trauma and need to be looked after by carers who have been trained in therapeutic foster care. For this type of fostering, it can be a real advantage if you already have some professional experience of working with children. This means, for example, we are interested to hear from youth workers, teachers, police officers or childminders. You can contact us by calling or completing our online application form. You can arrange a call back so we can have a chat with you about fostering at a time convenient to you. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 (Main Office) or our National line 0330 311 2845. It is important that we provide the right guidance so you can make the right decision about the kind of fostering that you are interested. Some of the more common questions we get are: how many months does it take to become a foster carer? How much is foster carer pay and is there a minimum age you can foster? Call today and arrange a home visit and we will help you take the first steps in your fostering career.

First foster care and adoption guide tailored for Muslim community

28th March, 2018

The Penny Appeal And Adoption and Fostering organisation has collaborated with more than sixty Islamic scholars around the UK to put together the very first Islamic Adoption and Fostering Guide. Its purpose is to address the Muslim faith’s views and unique perspectives of foster care and adoption. The guide has been produced specifically for the Muslim community and will focus the position of the Muslim faith for those who may be unsure as to whether to become adopters or foster carers. In addition, the Islamic scholars have produced a Khutba (a written speech) to be read out at Friday prayer in local areas before the holding of recruitment events. The hope is to attract more people from the community to foster or adopt. A career in fostering with Rainbow awaits…  Is fostering for you? Rainbow are seeking people who possess the dedication to train to become foster cares and therapeutic foster carers. So if you have an interest in helping disadvantaged children and young people, call 020 8427 3355 - or our National line 0330 311 2845. If you have worked with youngsters in a professional capacity - nurses, teachers or youth workers - as examples you have valuable skills and experience. And there are vulnerable children and young people who could benefit from such experience. So call us, or complete our online enquiry form. We can help you and your family to reach the right decision. Our team answers many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? The different types of fostering? And how long does it take to become a foster carer on average? At Rainbow, we make becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding: step one - call and enquire; two - your initial home visit; three - completing an application form and suppling references; step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment; step five - your preparation and training; step six - The Panel; step seven Finally ‘Approved’ to foster. On average this process takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

A Foster carer from Crawley receives recognition

27th March, 2018

Prince Charles has awarded foster carer Barbara Bower, aged 73, an MBE at Buckingham Palace. It was given to acknowledge her commitment and dedication to fostering. When she was asked what motivated her to foster, she stated - “I just love children. I’ve got four of my own, one of which was adopted, and seven grandchildren. They’ve all grown up around our fostered children and it’s been really good for my family.” With her late husband, Barbara fostered 128 children - as well as providing respite care in the years between 1970 and 2014. She has amassed considerable experience: she has fostered children aged five and under - as well as sibling groups between 5 and 10 years old. After a break from fostering she then decided in 2014 to care for babies. Prince Charles said: “Well done, carry on the good work.” The County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Stephen Hillier, said “Babs’ story is remarkable. She is a credit to fostering in West Sussex, both in terms of her length of service and the range of children she’s cared for, from unaccompanied teens to babies in need. “Her award is fully deserved and I’m delighted that she has been recognised nationally for her devotion to the fostering sector. We hope that she will choose to continue caring for many years to come!” Crawley, like many other areas in the UK has been identified as needing more people to come forward to foster. A career in fostering with Rainbow awaits…  We are looking for people with the dedication and commitment to train to become therapeutic foster carers. So if you have an interest in helping disadvantaged children and young people, please contact us. Perhaps you have worked with youngsters in a professional capacity - as a nurse, teacher or youth worker. Maybe your own children have grown up and moved on and you feel you still have a lot to give. Raising a family means you have valuable skills and experience. There are some very vulnerable children who could benefit from what you have to offer. You can learn a lot more about foster care by talking to our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 - or our National line 0330 311 2845. Call us or complete an online enquiry form - or arrange a call back. We can assist you to reach the right decision. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? Types of fostering? How long does it take to become a foster carer? We are especially keen to hear from members of the LGBT community in London and the Home Counties with an interest in becoming foster carers. We make becoming a foster carer simple: step 1 - make your enquiry; 2 - initial home visit; 3 - complete application form and supply references; step 4 - our fostering assessment; step 5 - preparation and training; step 6 - Panel; step 7 Approved to foster. On average the process takes between 16 and 18 weeks. Whatever questions you have, we promise to help you decide if a career in foster care is for you. Fostering could be the start of an incredibly rewarding life changing journey filled with memories

SNP hails foster carers in Scotland

26th March, 2018

For many children having been in  foster care is considered a stigma. Chris Law MP was cared for by foster families and felt this burden. Decades later, he is speaking out to spread the message about the valuable work done by foster carer. He has gone so far as to describe them as Scotland’s “fourth emergency service.” He has also stated: “people in care, any type of care , they tend to keep the fact to themselves. You keep it to yourself, you lock it away and for so long I just blocked it out of my own history. It’s like an indelible mark, a stain of shame that we keep to ourselves.” Chris Law is the SNP MP for Dundee West. He has decided to raise the issue of fostering to help tackle the chronic shortage of foster carers in Scotland. His call has been supported by Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, who said “There is a real need in Scotland for more foster families.” He also stressed that, as is the case in the rest of the UK, there is a particular need for people to provide foster homes for sibling groups. Could you foster a sibling group? Rainbow fostering are looking to recruit and train people to care for sibling groups. We are also hoping to attract people into fostering from our LGBT communities around the UK. If you are interested in finding out more about providing foster care for children and young people, call 020 8427 3355; or National Line 0330 3112845. The benefits you can expect fostering with Rainbow include -
  • Dedicated support from expert social workers;
  • Frequent respite cover;
  • Competitive rates of pay;
  • Plenty of training opportunities and the chance for career development.
It takes on average six months to become an approved foster carer. We will enrol you on our ‘Skills to Foster’ course which provides a solid introduction to the world of fostering. And there is also a real need for people to train to become therapeutic foster carers. This is a branch of fostering where carers are trained to look after children and young people with more complex needs.

Urgent need for foster carers and adoptive homes in Cornwall

22nd March, 2018

At present there are approximately 270 foster cares who are looking after children and young people in Cornwall. The local council is actively encouraging more people to consider becoming foster carers. And as is the situation in many other parts of the country, there is a particular need for foster carers to look after sibling groups. Providing foster care isn’t the only way of making a difference to a youngster’s life and prospects: Cornwall Council is placing around forty children annually with adoptive families. The service manager at the council, Julie Goodwin, stated “Adoption is a way of providing the most vulnerable children the love and security of family life that they deserve and siblings tend to wait longer for their family than single children.” It was stressed again that there is an ongoing need to find permanent and stable placements, there is a shortage of foster homes in the area for older children - as well as sibling groups. Julie Goodwin stated - “It is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group is placed together in an adoptive family, so we are keen to hear from people who feel that they may be able to offer a loving, secure and understanding home to a sibling group.” There is a world of opportunity to make a lasting difference to young lives at Rainbow Fostering There are rising numbers of children coming into the care system. There is a particular need to find foster homes for older children. Can you help? If you have been giving thought to becoming a foster carer, why not have a chat with us? There are many options to be considered and we can advise you on what might best suit your needs. It’s a big step after all! We are offering applicants the chance to be trained to become therapeutic foster carers. This attracts enhanced rates of payment for people who can meet the particular challenges of this role. We have a special ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic foster care training programme which equips foster carers with all the skills they need. A quick note of just some of the benefits you can expect…
  • Really competitive rates of pay, and as mentioned - enhanced rates for therapeutic foster carers are paid to therapeutic foster carers;
  • Dedicated support from our team of expert social workers;
  • The arrangement of regular respite cover;
  • Regular events and awards ceremonies - a great way to meet other foster carers and swap stories.
You can take the first steps in your fostering journey by simply calling us on 020 8427 3355 - or on our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We can give you plenty of guidance over the phone and if you want to proceed we will arrange a visit to see you and explore your options and preferences.

More LGBT people urged to foster in Wales

16th March, February 2018

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care in Wales, is encouraging more LGBT people to come forward to foster or adopt children in Wales. He stated - “Wales  needs more prospective adoptive families to care for the 140 children who are currently waiting for an adoptive family.” Since 2005, adoptions by same-sex couples have been allowed in England and Wales. In the year 2016 t0 2017, 1 in 8 adoptions in Wales were with same-sex couples. In 2017, around 6,000 children in Wales were ‘looked-after’. There are currently 4,435 children in foster care in Wales. The Minister also said - “It is an exciting time to become a foster carer in Wales. Implementation of the National Fostering Framework will ensure that all foster carers in Wales are properly supported and rewarded to provide the best possible care for the children and young people in their care.” Have you been considering fostering? Experience the best fostering has to offer: call 020 8427 335 and we will do our best to answer any questions you have about foster care. These might be what is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I am over fifty years of age? How long does it take to become a foster carer? How much do foster carers get paid a month? Can I become a foster carer if I have a child with a disability? We are also interested in speaking to people who would consider training to become a therapeutic foster carer. Such carers look after children with complex needs and qualify for enhanced rates of pay.

Misconceptions about foster care

14th March, February 2018

“We have been speaking to individuals in the community about what they think fostering is and there are a lot of misconceptions.” These are the words of Glynis Tinsley, who is the fostering lead for North East Lincolnshire Council’s fostering and adoption team. Not surprisingly, then, the council is holding an event this week on Thursday, to provide information to those who might be considering fostering or adoption. One of the most common misconceptions people have is that they are too old to foster - even though there is no upper age limit. The council is making an effort to interest members of the LGBT community following the recent LGBT Fostering and Awareness Week: a council representative said - “The LGBT community represent an important group of people who chose to foster and adopt in North East Lincolnshire and across the UK.” Glynis Tinsley stated - “we look for people from all different backgrounds, religions, genders and those from the LGBT community to provide supportive homes where children can thrive.” It’s time to care…so foster care with Rainbow Our foster carers tell us what a difference it makes being part of a real community. We value this highly as it means that the support we strive to give all our carers is really felt. If you are considering fostering, there are so many options: more people are seeking information on therapeutic fostering. This is a branch of foster care paying enhanced rates to carers who train to look after children recovering from trauma. Joining our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic foster care training programme offers the chance to get qualifications in therapeutic foster care. We are also keen to find people interested in fostering teenagers, sibling groups and supporting parent and child placements. Summary of benefits
  • Excellent rates of pay - enhanced rates for therapeutic foster carers;
  • Regular respite cover;
  • Rainbow Rewards: our bonus scheme - refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us and qualify for a reward. Payment is made when they accept their first placement;
  • The chance to participate in regular events and awards ceremonies.
Begin your fostering journey with Rainbow by calling 020 8427 3355 and we will be delighted to have a chat and answer all your questions. Fostering is a big step and we will be with you all the way!

New Foster care system plan in Texas criticised

13th March, February 2018

A recent ruling that empowers a ‘special master’ to monitor foster care in Texas has been challenged by Attorney General Ken Paxton. His view is that the ruling has the potential to harm foster children far more than it would help them. It was a judicial ruling two months ago which resulted in two special masters being appointed by the court to oversee the state’s fostering arrangements for three years. The foster care system has been attacked for failing to monitor ‘at-risk’ children following cases where some children have died from abuse or neglect. It is alleged in Paxton’s brief that after spending $1.4 million in a two year period, there has been no improvement to the foster care system. He stated - “Addressing concerns regarding the foster care system should be done by the people’s representatives, not an unelected federal judge and the court’s appointed masters who imposed their own unrealistic vision.” You can help to meet the needs of vulnerable children by training to be a therapeutic foster carer Our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme equips foster cares with the skills to care for children and young people who have complex needs. Carers can also take up the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. To make the best progress, children who have suffered trauma, often need the special skills that a therapeutically trained foster carer can offer. If you are someone with experience of working in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you may already possess a lot of the skills required to care for children with complex needs. But if you do not have such work experience, we can offer high quality training. Interested?Request our fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355.  This also includes information on - therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering, therapeutic foster care pay rates, therapeutic fostering agencies and how to become a therapeutic foster parent. The additional benefits we offer
  • We are a supportive community.
  • We offer excellent rates of pay
  • Frequent respite cover.
  • A special bonus scheme: refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us and receive a payment when they take their first placement .
Dedicated support from your social worker and 24 hour support all year round

Bristol City Council is encouraging LGBT couples to foster or adopt

8th March, February 2018

The council is planning an event about adoption and foster care to reassure LGBT people that they will not suffer discrimination if they want to adopt or foster. This is timed to coincide with LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. This campaign, now in its seventh year, is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the country. The recruitment drive follows a recent YouGov poll of 5,000 LGBT people. The results showed that many had a fear of being treated differently: 80% of those whose views were canvassed said they expected to “face barriers’ if they applied to become foster carers. It also emerged from the findings that just under half (46%) thought they could expect worse treatment from an adoption agency compared to a heterosexual person. Cabinet member for children and young people at Bristol City Council, Cllr Helen Godwin, said - “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice for growing their family.” She continued - “Many children waiting to be adopted or fostered have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new LGBT parents.” Therapeutic foster care for vulnerable children Join our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. The training can lead to opportunities to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. If you have experience of working with young people - this could be in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you could already have a lot of the skills needed to care for children with complex needs. If you do not have this background, the training we can offer is second to none. Obtain our special fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355: this has information on  therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as enhanced therapeutic foster care pay rates. Just a few of the reasons people foster with Rainbow
  • Rainbow is a supportive community with friendly, caring foster carers.
  • Foster carers get excellent rates of pay combined with frequent respite cover.
  • Carefully matched placements to our carer’s preferences;
  • Access to 24 hour support all year round.
There is a lot more to find out more about changing your life through the rewards of fostering. We will answer any questions you might have - including - how long does it take to become an approved foster carer? What is the main fostering allowance? What is the tax situation for foster carers? Can I foster if I live in a flat? Foster care requirements, as well as what are the different types of foster care? And what is the ‘top up’ allowance?

Leading foster care charity condemns stocktake

6th March, February 2018

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, has written to the Children’s Minister, Nadim Zahawi. In the letter he expresses disappointment with the stocktake’s report criticising particularly its “lack of vision and ambition for the future.” “After careful thought, I have concluded that in my capacity as chief executive of the UK’s leading fostering charity it is my duty to write to you about the recently published report of the fostering stocktake commissioned by your department. Writing this letter gives me no pleasure, but the more I read the report and talk to others, the more I realise someone needs to ensure you are aware of the disappointment felt across the sector. The report and its recommendations were keenly anticipated, but the overwhelming feeling following publication is one of a huge opportunity wasted.” The letter continues with an examination of the failures and opportunities missed. It concludes by urging the government to look beyond the recommendations of the report and to set out “a long-term and ambitious plan to make foster care the very best it can be.” Therapeutic foster care: helping to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people. As a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow Fostering you can join our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. This also provides an opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. If you have experience of working in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you may possess a lot of the skills needed to care for children with complex needs. If you do not have this background, the training we can offer is second to none. You can request our special fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355 which also includes information on the following: therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. More of the many reasons people decide to foster with Rainbow
  • Rainbow is a supportive community made up of friendly, caring foster carers.
  • Foster carers receive excellent rates of pay combined with frequent respite cover.
  • A special bonus payment to a carer if they refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us.
  • Carefully matched placements to our carer’s preferences;
  • 24 hour support all year round.
Find out more about changing your life and meeting the challenge of fostering. We work to provide answers on all the main foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the main fostering allowance? Can I foster if I own a pet dog? Foster care requirements, as well as what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment issues as well as the fostering medical check. What is the ‘top up’ allowance?

Improved support for foster care leavers announced

5th March, February 2018

Nadim Zahawi, the Children and Families Minister, has announced that £5m will be made available for three new Social Impact Bond projects. These will support care leavers moving into employment, training or education. The announcement regarding this funding was made at the the first ever National Learning Conference. The Government’s £200 million Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme has funded projects that were showcased at the Conference. Nadhim Zahawi used the occasion to also announce details of the Care Leaver Covenant. This offers a platform for for various organisations to affirm their support for youngsters who face many challenges when they leave care. Take up the challenge of foster care. Fostering is a great career if you are the kind of person that wants to make a real difference to the lives and experiences of vulnerable youngsters. Foster carers are needed more than ever before. Many children come into care having had such negative experiences that they are traumatised. This means that foster carer need special therapeutic foster carer training to do their best for such children. Rainbow  provide this opportunity which means higher rates will be paid to therapeutic foster carers. To find out more, simply ask for our special fact sheet on therapeutic foster care which covers a range of subjects including - the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. You can easily be a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow. this means you can be part of our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme.  It’s possible to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Call us today for more information on 020 8427 3355 or our national line 0330 311 2845. It’s time to care…it’s time to foster care!

Foster homes in short supply abroad

28th, February 2018

In the UK we have a current shortage of over 7,000 foster families. We are not alone: the Navajo Nation is experiencing a shortage of foster families. "There are so many kids and the system cannot keep up," said Elsie Elthie who is a foster home licensing specialist on the Navajo Nation.The figures illustrate the problem: around 1,200 children living on the reservation are in need of foster care annually, but only 26 licensed foster homes are available. Elsie Elthie stated "We just basically need more homes, and we need support to license these homes because the licensing procedure is lengthy,” Help vulnerable children - be a therapeutic foster carer! Be a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow - join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme and gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some of our applicants have already had professional experience of working with children. It is important to realise this is not essential. If you have worked in education, social work, mental health services or youth work you may well have a lot of the skills needed. Meeting new challenges and help vulnerable children. Contact us on 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845. We can provide answers for you on all the main foster care topics including -
  • how long does it take to qualify as a foster carer?
  • How can I go about fostering a sibling group?
  • what is the maximum age to foster?
  • What is therapeutic foster care?
At Rainbow Fostering Services this year…therapeutic foster care training Specialist training is needed to become a therapeutic foster carer: request our special fact sheet - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. Arrange to chat with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about opportunities in the field of therapeutic foster care.

British Columbia boosts support for children leaving foster care

26th, February 2018

The issues affecting foster care can be the same wherever you are in the world. The government in British Columbia has announced a $7.7-million funding boost for young adults leaving foster care. They will now receive up to $1,250 a month for rent, child care and health care. "Parents recognise that, with today's cost of living, young adults need time to figure out their path and steady support to get where they want to go," is the view of Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy - "That's especially true for children and youth in government care, and it's why we're increasing financial support, making our programs more flexible and keeping the door open longer to help them access the right supports when they're ready.” The programme commences on April1st. It will raise the upper age limit by one year to twenty seven. The monthly support will be increased by $250 rot what will be a new maximum level of $1,250. Another change will be that young adults will now get support year round replacing the previous limit of eight months. Any young person who is aged nineteen  to twenty seven and has been in foster care, or had a youth agreement with the government, can apply through to the program for help with living expenses. A career in foster care can put you on the path of making the world of difference to vulnerable children. Applicants wishing to develop a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carers can join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. This will provide all the skills needed. Rainbow assist people to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some therapeutic foster carers have already had professional experience of working with children. But this is not always the case (or essential) to become this kind of carer: backgrounds can include - youth work, teaching, mental health work, child support work, prison work,  social work or the police. To discover more about meeting fresh challenges and working to help vulnerable children, please call us on 020 8427 3355. You can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Here we can provide answers for you on all the main topics concerning foster care: these include - how much time does it take to become a foster carer? Can pet owners foster? What are the main fostering allowances available? And what is a ‘top up’ allowance? And is there an upper age limit on becoming a foster carer? Rainbow offers… Guidance on the training needed to become a therapeutic foster carer: you can ask for our special fact sheet on this subject - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; attachment and disruption issues, the certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the  field of therapeutic foster care and the opportunities it presents.

Leading foster care charity critical over minimum allowances

22nd, February 2018

The Department for Education has now published the new national minimum allowance rates for foster carers in England. This has been met with a decidedly lukewarm response from The Fostering Network’s chief executive - Kevin Williams. He stated: “The Government has increased foster care allowances for the 2018-19 financial year by only 1.5 per cent, which is not keeping pace with inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is standing at three per cent, and the Retail Price Index (RPI) at 2.7 per cent.” Kevin Williams also said that sixty per cent of foster carers are of the opinion that their allowances do not meet the full cost of caring for a child. And with a below inflation rise, foster carers will continue; as he puts it, to feel “short changed.” He also commented - 'It is worth noting that since the abolition of the public sector pay cap last autumn, council workers have been offered a two per cent rise. Foster carers are feeling the squeeze to an even greater extent than their public sector peers - this cannot continue. It is crucial that the Government commits to reviewing the rate of the national minimum allowance as a matter of urgency.” Your career in foster care could mean so much for vulnerable children! We are keen to attract applicants who wish to develop a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer. You can join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme and acquire the skills needed. And the opportunity also exists to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some applicants wanting to become therapeutic foster carers may have already had professional experience of working with children. But this is not always the case - or essential. The kinds of backgrounds can include - youth work, teaching, mental health work, child support work, prison work,  social work or the police. But whatever direction you decide to take in foster care, we would like to have a chat with you and explore the options. To discover more about meeting new challenges and helping vulnerable children, call us on 020 8427 3355 - you may also call our National line 0330 311 2845. We can provide answers for you on all the main foster care topics including - how much time does it take to become a foster carer? What is the main fostering allowance? And what is a ‘top up’ allowance? And what are the different types of foster care available to train for? At Rainbow Fostering Services this year… Additional information and guidance on the training needed to become a therapeutic foster carer will be made widely available: you can request our special fact sheet - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; attachment and disruption issues, the certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the  field of therapeutic foster care.

Minimum allowances for foster carers published

21st, February 2018

the National Minimum Allowance fees for 2018 - 2019 have now been published by the Department for Education. The way that the national minimum allowance is calculated is based on the minimum amount that a carer requires to meet the cost of looking after a foster child. Foster carers will receive a fostering allowance when a looked after child comes into their care. In recognition of the  work done by foster carers, many fostering services also pay a ‘top up’ allowance. This extra payment is the “reward” element of the overall fee. The recommended national minimum allowance was introduced by the Department for Education to ensure that no foster carer was ever left out of pocket. At present there is no recommended amount for the ‘top up’ element. This varies across fostering service providers. A career in foster care counts! At the moment we are particularly keen to attract applicants wishing to have a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer. Join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. The opportunity exists to gain qualifications by learning to provide the specialist therapeutic care for children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Applicants wanting to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children. This is not always the case - or a requirement. Typical backgrounds applicants may have had: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or maybe the police. But whatever direction you would like your career in foster care to take you, we would love just to have a chat. Just a few of the many reasons people decide to foster with Rainbow
  • Ours is a great community of friendly caring foster carers.
  • All our foster carers receive excellent rates of pay in combination with frequent respite cover.
  • We carefully match our placements to our foster carer’s preferences;
  • All our foster carers can be confident in the 24 hour support they get from us all year round.
  • A special bonus payment to a carer if they refer someone who then progresses to become a foster carer with us.
To discover more about changing your life and meeting new challenges, call us on 020 8427 3355 - you may also call our National line 0330 311 2845. We look to provide answers on all foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the main fostering allowance? What is a ‘top up’ allowance? Can I foster if I have a pet? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment issues as well as the fostering medical check. At Rainbow Fostering Services in 2018… Additional information and guidance on training to become a therapeutic foster carer will be made widely available; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the rapidly developing field of therapeutic fostering

The minister calls on businesses to employ more young people with a background in foster care

19th, February 2018

Kit Malthouse, Families Minister, is encouraging businesses to hire more young people who grew up in foster care. As part of marking ‘Care Day’, the senior Conservative who was also the former deputy mayor of London, is reminding businesses that they can claim up to £1,000 from the Government for employing an apprentice from a foster care background. The Minister said that - “Each year over 12,000 teenagers in England make the leap to independent living from care without the family support many of us have enjoyed. It’s up to all of us to help care leavers get the right opportunities and businesses play a vital role in this.” Develop a career in foster care. Foster carers have the opportunity to upgrade their skills and increase their earnings via our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This enables foster carers to care for children with complex needs which can arise as such children have often suffered trauma or neglect. This training is a part of what we call our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children - but not always. Typical backgrounds applicants may have had: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or possibly the police. We would always like to hear from people interested in general fostering. Fostering with Rainbow… Many people have decided to foster with Rainbow because -
  • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay - combined with frequent respite cover;
  • all our foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements to their preferences;
  • we offer foster carers support around the clock - all the year around.
To learn more about changing your life - and the life of a child - call us on 020 8427 3355 - you can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Whatever your query, we provide answers on all foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I have a pet? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment questions and the fostering medical check. And please note for 2018… We are providing additional information and guidance on training to become a therapeutic foster carer; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering Please contact us today if you want specialist advice covering therapeutic parenting.

Cuts will impact on foster care

16th, February 2018

Many local authority budgets are coming under strain. Cumbria council is just one example where the result has been a cut in services: £34.5m cuts have just been announced. This will affect library services, public health and foster care places for older teenagers. All looked after children need the best support available - older teenagers can be particularly vulnerable as they grapple with the transition to adult life. The chief executive of the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams whilst a member of an expert working group stated - ‘Half of all looked after children have a diagnosable mental health disorder and five times as many children in care have low subjective wellbeing compared to children in the general population.” Therapeutic foster care for vulnerable youngsters - your chance to get involved Call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845. This will enable you to find out about becoming a therapeutic foster carer. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you to have a chat. We also provide information on a broad range of foster care subjects -examples are - is it possible to foster if I have a past criminal record? Can I foster if I smoke? How much can foster carers earn? Join us and you will experience:
  • a commitment to developing the skills and expertise of our foster carers through training which is always delivered in a relaxed, informal and friendly environment;
  • the option for higher pay rates by specialising in therapeutic foster care*;
  • additionally, the support to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
  • carefully matched placements by our expert team.
The face of foster care is changing Specific categories of ‘looked after children’ are in urgent need of foster homes. These include teenagers, siblings and youngsters with complex needs. For these specific categories of foster care, we provide additional help and support.  Specialist training is also available for people looking to have a career in therapeutic foster caring.

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated by foster carers?

7th, February 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 has just been celebrated globally. It was marked with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. The initiative was supported by over a thousand organisations across the UK. The aim is to work to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically - as well as creatively. The events on the day were coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre: education packs and a ‘campaign toolkit’ were made available. This is a drive that foster carers everywhere are sure to support. The internet continues to pose significant risks for all our young people - not just those who are most vulnerable. Foster care - get involved Call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845 to find out about becoming a foster carer. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you. We provide information on a wide range of foster care subjects: i.e. is it possible to foster if I have a past criminal record? Or do I need to own my own property to be a foster carer? Join us and experience -
  • a commitment to building the skills and expertise of our foster carers with our training programmes - always delivered in a relaxed, informal and friendly environment;
  • the choice to be paid at a higher rate by specialising in therapeutic foster care*;
  • the support to obtain specialist qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
  • carefully matched placements.
The changing face of foster care There is now a pressing need for people to foster specific categories of ‘looked after children’. Loving, supportive foster homes are needed for teenagers, sibling groups - and also parent and child placements. For these specific categories of foster care, Rainbow provides additional help, information and support.  Specialist training is also available for people looking to train in therapeutic foster caring.

The Foster care stocktake - a missed opportunity?

6th, February 2018

The Department for Education’s fostering stocktake report has today been published. The much awaited report into the state of the nation’s foster care is likely to divide opinion. Already the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has reacted. Its chief executive, Kevin Williams sees it as an opportunity missed: he stated - “Today’s report appears to be a thorough stocktake of the current situation in fostering. However, despite some suggestions about how to refocus funding away from bureaucracy towards frontline support, we are disappointed in the report’s lack of vision and ambition for the future of fostering. While we are pleased with a number of the recommendations we are concerned that overall we will be left with a continuation of the status quo.” Kevin Williams also stated - “However we are shocked that the report states that foster carers are not routinely underpaid and are therefore disappointed that there is no move to ensure that foster carers are properly paid for the work that they do. We fail to see how it is “understandable” that new carers and those caring for younger children should not receive a fee for their fostering. We are also concerned there is no recommendation to review the minimum fostering allowance and that it not recommended that it is extended to staying put.” Find out about foster care Discover more today about the rewarding world of foster care. It’s one where you can make all the difference to a vulnerable young child. If you are already a foster carer looking to transfer, we would be happy to discuss this with you further. Just call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you. Rainbow are happy to provide information on a wide range of foster care subjects: some examples - Is it possible to foster if you have a past criminal record? Can you foster if you are over the age of fifty? Do you have to own your own property to be a foster carer? There are significant advantages if you make the decision to start your foster carer career at Rainbow -
  • commitment to building the skills and expertise of our foster carers with our training programmes - delivered in a friendly, relaxed informal environment;
  • the choice to specialise in therapeutic foster care* and then qualify for enhanced pay rates - along with generous respite cover;
  • we will support you to obtain specialist qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
  • our foster carers can depend on carefully matched placements;.
Explaining the changing face of foster care There is currently an urgent need for people to foster specific categories of looked after children. And this is a situation common across the UK. Foster homes are needed for teenagers, sibling groups - as well as for parent and child placements. For the specific categories of foster care mentioned above, we provide extra help, information and support.  Specialist training is also available for people applying to train in therapeutic foster caring: we provide the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic fostering.*This particular training is attached to our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Applicants have, in many cases, already acquired professional experience of working with children (but this is not essential). *The Rainbow ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework: designed to give our foster carers the specialist knowledge and understanding they will need to provide the best care for children who present with complex problems.

Foster care services across the UK will be affected by National Transfer Scheme.

2nd, February 2018

The turmoil in  certain parts of the world has led to a significant increase in the number of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) arriving on these shores. The number of UASC arriving in the country by various means, is reflected in the figures: the number being looked after by local authorities in England more than doubled from 2,050 at 31st March 2014, to 4,210 at 31st March 2016. During this period a relatively small number of local authorities - mostly those at key ports - have been supporting a disproportionately large number of (UASC). To deal with this situation, the National UASC Transfer Scheme (NTS) came into being in July 2016. Originally, this was a voluntary scheme. The government has now announced that there is now legislation to extend the NTS scheme to Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This will now allow local authorities  struggling to cope with disproportionate numbers of UASC to transfer children to another authority that has capacity. There is a shortage of over 7,000 new foster families across the UK - so finding homes for UASC is likely to remain challenging. The opportunity to transfer to Rainbow Foster carers can transfer to develop their fostering careers:  call Rainbow as we are dedicated to making the process straightforward and efficient. Discover more by calling the Rainbow Transfer Team: 020 8427 3355, or our National line 0330 311 2845. We also provide enquirers with information on a wide range of fostering topics - examples include - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the current fostering allowance? Can Foster carers smoke? Is it possible to foster if you are transgender? Foster care requirements. And, more generally, what are the different types of foster care? Responding to the changing face of foster care provision There is now a heavy demand for people to foster very specific categories of children and young people. And this is reflected across the country: foster homes are required for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child placements. For these, and all categories of foster care, we offer information, specialist guidance and high quality training. We do this also for people applying to become therapeutic foster carers. We provide specialist face to face therapeutic training supported by therapeutic foster care training online. We also make it possible for our foster carers to obtain qualifications in this type of fostering.*This training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. If you have already had professional experience of working with youngsters we would be very keen to speak with you (such experience is not a pre-requisite) The sorts of backgrounds or experience can include - the police, youth work, education, mental health support work, social work, or child support work.

Monmouthshire County Council in drive to find foster carers

30th, January 2018

The foster care team from Monmouthshire County Council will be available to meet with residents interested in finding out about foster care at The Angel Hotel Abergavenny on 15th February. Like many parts of the UK, Monmouthshire have  pressing need to find new foster carers. And just as with so many other parts of the country, there is a demand for foster carers to look after older children and teenagers. There will also be a series of ‘meet and greet’ sessions at Abergavenny Market, which will take place over the next three weeks. The Cabinet Member for Social Care, Safeguarding and Health is Penny Jones and she stated: “I strongly believe that our babies, children and young people in Monmouthshire have every right to have the best possible start in life. Monmouthshire families can help make this difference to our children” and "The foster team are doing a fantastic job engaging with communities to support our children. I encourage those who are thinking about becoming a foster carer to come along, visit the website or give the team a call.” Consider Transferring to Rainbow for a different fostering experience If you are an experienced foster carer considering transferring out of a local authority or agency, we can help you develop your fostering career. Our team makes the process easy, straightforward and efficient. It’s easy to discover more about transferring: call the Rainbow Transfer Team on 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 for information. Generally: we can also help with enquiries on common questions such as - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Can Foster carers have pets? Foster care requirements, Do you have to own your own home to foster? And what are the different types of foster care? Responding to the changing face of foster care provision All our applicants are told that here is currently a heavy demand for new foster carers to offer homes for specific categories of young people. And this is largely reflected across the UK. Foster homes are particularly needed for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child placements. For all these different categories, we provide information, guidance and specialist training. Specialist support is offered for those people applying to become therapeutic foster carers*: for this, we provide specialist therapeutic training - along with therapeutic foster care training online. We also make it possible to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. *Training offered forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Our applicants have often already acquired professional experience of working with young people (remember: this is not a pre-requisite). The sorts of backgrounds or experience can include - the police, youth work, child support work, mental health work, teaching or social work. Just some of the advantages of being a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering
  • you can choose to specialise in therapeutic foster care* - this means you qualify for enhanced pay rates;
  • Rainbow support our foster carers to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster caring;
  • building skills and expertise with our training programmes is easy in a relaxed, informal environment;
  • our foster carers receive good rates of pay - combined with frequent respite cover;
  • our foster carers know they can rely on support around the clock;
  • our foster carers know they can depend on very carefully matched placements.

Rising level of referral rates will impact on foster care services

24th, January 2018

The Local Government Association has revealed that last year, every forty nine seconds, a child was referred to local authority’s children’s services. The total number of referrals reached 646,120. The figures that have been released also reveal that more than five hundred child protection investigations were undertaken on average each day during 2016 to 2017. A decade ago, this figure stood at two hundred. Such statistics are worrying as there is a current shortfall of 7,140 foster families in the UK at a  time when more children are coming to the attention of the local authority and may well need to be found foster homes. The LGA has identified a funding gap which also needs to be addressed: chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board stated - “With councils now having a child referred to them every 49 seconds on a daily basis, it is vital that they have the resources necessary to provide an effective response.” He also added  the comment - “The Government has been warned repeatedly that ongoing funding cuts, including the £2bn gap that councils face by 2020, have left them struggling to provide the support that vulnerable children and families need.” There was also a response to the figures from Unison’s head of local government Heather Wakefield who stated: “Children can't be protected from abuse on the cheap. The government must give councils the cash they need to recruit more child protection staff and keep all children safe.” The LGA represents three hundred and seventy councils across England and Wales. Benefits of a career in foster care with Rainbow
  • it’s easy to build skills and expertise with our training programmes;
  • choose to specialise in therapeutic foster care* and benefit from enhanced pay rates;
  • support to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
  • we offer our foster carers good rates of pay - along with frequent respite cover;
  • we provide our foster carers with support around the clock;
  • foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements with their preferences.
*This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. We find that suitable applicants have often already had professional experience of working with young people - but this is not necessarily the case. The kinds of backgrounds include - youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or perhaps the police. Transfer to Rainbow today Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We make the process easy and efficient. Find out more about changing your life - and the life of a child - by joining the Rainbow Team. Call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 as our job is to provide you with information on a wide range of fostering topics which can cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? You can arrange a callback with us for a time that suits you. The changing face of foster care There is a heavy demand for people to be prepared to foster specific categories of young people. We need to find foster homes for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child. We provide information, guidance and specialist training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. We are always interested in hearing from people with a general interest in a career in foster care.

Dutch Minister argues for children to stay with foster carers until 21

23rd, January 2018

The health minister Hugo de Jonge has argued that foster children should be able to stay with their foster carers until they are 21 years of age. Currently the foster carers responsibilities end when the young person reaches the age of 18. The finding also ceases at this point. De Jonge stated: “Young people who reach the age of 18 still aren’t the finished article,’ said De Jonge. ‘And that’s certainly true for children who’ve grown up in foster families. Their domestic situation is much more complicated.” The Minister said that children should be allowed to stay with their foster family if they wanted to. At the present moment in the Netherlands, there are 21,685 foster children residing with 16,647 foster families. The average monthly contribution that the foster parents receive is 530 euros and this continues until the young person reaches 18. In the Netherlands it is possible for a young person to remain until the age of 23. It is reported by parents’ groups that the local authorities are reluctant to carry on supporting them. Just as in the UK, foster children face higher risks of falling into debt, crime and prostitution. In the UK children can remain with their foster carers - if the carers agree - beyond the age of 18 as part of the ‘Staying Put’ programme. Rainbow offers the chance to create a career in foster care. Foster carers can upgrade their skills and increase their earnings by participating in our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This training enables foster carers to look after children with complex needs. These arise as such children have been victims of trauma or neglect. Consequently, they can suffer from developmental trauma. And without the right care, settling into a foster placement can be difficult. This training is a part of what we call our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. it means foster carers can enhance their  professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children - but this is not necessarily the case. Typical backgrounds applicants may have could include: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We would also like to hear from people interested in general fostering. What it is like fostering with Rainbow We are a real community: we particularly celebrate diversity and want people to join us - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Some of our foster carers have been with us for well over 10 years - a fact which tells its own story! Many people have decided to foster with Rainbow because -
  • we offer our foster carers top rates of pay - along with frequent respite cover;
  • all our foster carers can depend upon the careful matching of placements to their preferences by our specialist team;
  • we offer foster carers support around the clock.
Find out more about changing your life - and the life of a child - by calling 020 8427 3355. You can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Our job is to provide you with information on a wide range of fostering topics and reassure you about the step you are considering taking. This can cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? And particularly important for 2018… We provide information and guidance on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. Please contact us today if you want specialist advice covering these areas of fostering.

Call for Children’s Minister to prioritise national foster care stocktake

19th, January 2018

The leading foster care charity, the Fostering Network, has welcomed Nadhim Zahawi to his new position as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education. In so doing, the charity has struck a cautionary note - “We note with some concern that this is an unpaid position, and truly hope this is not a reflection of the priority placed on the role by this Government. Indeed, it is vital that his appointment marks the start of an increased profile for children's social care as well as a new period of stability within the Department for Education, especially given the importance of 2018 for fostering.” The charity has also drawn attention to the release of the fostering stocktake report - requesting it be released as soon as possible. It makes the point that the Minister will also have a key role in implementing the much-needed improvements to foster care that the stocktake is likely to call for. the view of The Fostering network is - “While 2017 saw a significant focus on fostering, with the Education Committee’s inquiry and the stocktake, it was a year of conversation, introspection and discussion rather than action, momentum and change. This is the year when change must happen within fostering, and we need the Minister to lead the way - thousands of fostered children and young people, as well as the families that care for them, are depending upon him to deliver.” Training with Rainbow to build your career in fostering. Our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme enables existing foster carers to upgrade their skills and increase their earnings. This specialist training means foster carers can look after  children who have complex needs because they have been victims of trauma or neglect. These children can then suffer, as a consequence, from developmental trauma. Without the right care, their chances of settling in a foster placement can be dramatically reduced. This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Further professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care can be obtained. The most suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers will probably already have professional experience of working with children and adolescents - but this is not necessarily the case.Typical backgrounds: youth work, education, mental health work, social work, child support work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We would also like to make contact with people interested in more general fostering. What is unique about fostering with Rainbow At Rainbow we particularly celebrate diversity and welcome people to join us - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers have been key in creating a real ‘community’ atmosphere here at Rainbow. Some of our carers have been with us for well over 10 years, which we think speaks for itself! Many people also decide to foster with Rainbow as -
  • we offer foster carers around the clock support;
  • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay - as well as respite;
  • all our foster carers can depend upon the careful matching of placements to their preferences.
Find out more about changing your life by fostering a child today! Call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845. We are always happy to provide information on a wide range of fostering topics:  these can cover how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? And foster care payments. And for 2018… We also offer information and guidance on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. Please contact us for specialist advice on these areas of foster care.

Foster carer’s case raised with PM

16th January, 2018

Teaching assistant, Ava Payne, who has until recently been working as a foster carer, lost her licence after falling victim to a bizarre ‘Catch 22’. She was evicted from her home because she made a request to her landlord that she be given an electrical certificate. To be able to foster, she needs to produce the certificate for social services. Ava said - "I'm just so at a loss as to how my life has changed so dramatically because I love children and I want to foster and I want to be that fine upstanding member of the community that a lot of people run from - it's not an easy task and it is often a thankless task.” Ava paid for the certificate, but the property failed which resulted in her being evicted. Her situation was raised in the House of Commons by Ava's MP Siobhain McDonagh last Wednesday. Her case has also been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister who responded by saying that the “council will want to look at it again.” Advanced training opportunities with Rainbow Sign up for our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme this year. It will provide you with the specialist training needed to care for children who have become the victims of trauma or neglect. Such children can then suffer from developmental trauma which can result in emotional problems and challenging behaviour. This can dramatically affect a child’s chance of settling in a foster placement. The training we offer is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This offers the chance for further professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care may be obtained. Therapeutic foster carers are paid at a higher rate. The most suitable applicants will probably already have professional experience of working with children and young people. Typical backgrounds might well be in youth work, education, social work, mental health work, child support work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. What is special about fostering with Rainbow At Rainbow we celebrate diversity and welcome applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers come from all walks of life and over the years, they have helped create a real ‘community’ atmosphere. Some of our carers have been with us for well over 10 years - a fact which speaks for itself! People also decide to foster with Rainbow because: • we give carers round the clock support; • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay; • all our foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements to their preferences. Find out more about fostering today! Call 020 8427 3355. We can provide information on a wide range of fostering topics such as how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, foster care payments, foster care requirements. And what are the different types of foster care? And for this coming year… We can provide up to date information on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of career development interests you please contact us.

Foster carers needed in Gloucestershire

12th January, 2018

In a concerted drive to attract people to become foster carers, South Gloucestershire Council is putting on an information evening in Yate on the 18th January. This will provide an opportunity for people who might be interested to talk to both existing foster carers - as well as social workers. Foster carers will talk about how rewarding fostering is. Cllr Jon Hunt, SGC cabinet member responsible for children and young people, stated: “Being a foster carer can be a challenge but it is also immensely rewarding” and continued - "You won’t be on your own, we are with you every step of the way to help with support, guidance and training and weekly payments are also provided towards the care, support and attention that a child needs.” There remains a pressing need for more foster carers right across the country. In particular, people are needed to provide homes for teenagers and sibling groups. Rainbow offers advanced training opportunities. Be a part of our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This provides the specialist training required to look after children who have suffered trauma or neglect which can cause developmental trauma. The result can often be challenging behaviour and this can affect a child’s ability to settle with a foster family. Our training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This creates the scope for professional development: qualifications in therapeutic foster care may be obtained. Likely applicants for this will most likely already have professional experience of working with children and young people. Typical backgrounds would be - education, social work, youth work, mental health work, child support work or the police. At Rainbow, we would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be considering transferring to further develop their fostering careers. Why choose to foster with Rainbow Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcomes applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers come from all walks of life and ethnicities. Over the years, we have developed a real ‘community’ atmosphere. Some of our foster carers have been with us for well over 10 years - which speaks for itself! People also decide to train to foster with Rainbow because: • we offer excellent rates of pay; • we give round the clock support; • all our foster carers benefit from the careful matching of placements to their stated preferences. To simply find out more about fostering - and becoming a foster carer - 020 8427 3355 is the number to call. Some of the things we can inform you about cover - how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. And what are the different types of foster care? Don’t forget if you have other questions, please feel free to ask! For this year… We are also providing information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of fostering interests you, call for information.

Call by MP’s for foster care college

8th January, 2018

The government is under pressure from MP’s to create a national college for fostering. Its purpose will be to address problems of morale. Last year there were many reports in the media describing how the nation’s foster carers were feeling undervalued and undermined. Foster carers also feel that the system does not provide adequate support and that their work is not valued. The idea of a such a college has appeared in the first report from the inquiry into foster care conducted by the House of Commons education select committee. Other suggestions include: a national register of foster carers; that children in foster care should be given better information regarding their placements; children to have better access to advocacy services; efforts should be made to place sibling groups together and that a national ‘foster care’ awareness campaign should be launched. The idea of the campaign would be to appeal increase the numbers of people coming forward to foster. And importantly to make fostering appealing to all sections of our multi-cultural community. A national college would aim to improve working conditions of foster carers and provide guidance, training and support. The committee chair Robert Halfon stated: “Foster carers have a really important role in society and are often providing fantastic care in sometimes difficult circumstances” as well as - “But our inquiry showed it is clear that too many are not adequately supported, neither financially nor professionally, in the vital work that they do.” In response to this first report, the Children’s Minister, Robert Goodwill stated: “We welcome the education Select Committee’s report, which highlights the invaluable role that foster carers play in the lives of vulnerable children. A happy and stable home for children in foster care is vital, and we are committed to supporting these looked after children and their foster carers.” A special training opportunity to foster with Rainbow Be part of our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme: you will be given specialist training to look after children who have suffered abuse or neglect which can result in developmental trauma. This can lead to challenging behaviour which can affect a child or young person’s ability to settle into a foster family. This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework which offers scope for professional development - with the chance to get qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will probably already have professional experience of working with children and young people: some likely backgrounds are - social work, youth work, mental health work, education, child support work or the police service. At Rainbow, we also aim to attract experienced foster carers considering transferring in order to develop their professional careers. Fostering with Rainbow Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcomes applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Currently there is a shortfall of 7,000 foster carers. Would you consider fostering teenagers - or a sibling group. There is also an urgent need for people to foster a parent and child? People choose to train to foster with Rainbow because: • of our excellent rates of pay; • round the clock support; • all foster carers benefit from our careful matching of placements to their stated preferences; • your assessment will be carried out by experienced and friendly staff. To find out about fostering, simply call 020 8427 3355. Some of the things we advise on are - how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. What are the different types of foster care? And in 2018… We are also providing information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of fostering interest you, call for information.

Mother battles to prevent her daughter going into foster care

5th January, 2018

The mother of a seriously ill child, Melody Driscoll, is taking on King's College Hospital so her daughter can continue to get the relieving medication she used to receive. Melody is at the hospital and has complex care needs. Against her parents’ wishes, she is being weaned off pain killers. They are not happy with her current care plan and claim that their daughter is suffering unnecessarily. The family live in New Addington near Croydon. Because the parents have disputed the treatment being given their daughter, the local authority have become involved. They have written to the parents: “The local authority has been very concerned about your ability to care for your child Melody Driscoll after concerns raised by King’s College Hospital.” “The situation for your child has become so serious that we may need to take action. “I am therefore writing to let you know that we are going to court to try to make sure Melody is safe. “The local authority’s proposed plan is for Melody to be placed with foster parents when she is fit to be discharged from hospital whilst assessments are undertaken about where and by whom her long-term needs are best met.” The letter from the authority identifies the concerns that have been expressed by King’s College Hospital that the parents are obstructing Melody’s treatment plans. Headlines were made when Ed Sheehan, who is Melody’s favourite singer visited her in hospital. A special training opportunity to foster Join our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme: applicants will be given training to care for children who have suffered abuse or neglect. This often results in developmental trauma leading to challenging behaviour. This can impair a child or young person’s ability to settle and make progress in a foster family. The training package is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This offers scope for professional development with the chance to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already be likely to have professional experience of working with children and young people: likely backgrounds would be education, social work, youth work, mental health work, child support work or the police service. We also want to attract experienced carers considering transferring in order to develop their professional careers as therapeutic foster carers. The benefits that we are offering at Rainbow Firstly, here at Rainbow we celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Might you consider fostering teenagers - possibly a sibling group or perhaps foster a parent and child? People choose to train to foster with us because of our excellent rates of pay and round the clock support. All foster carers benefit from our careful matching of placements to their stated preferences. Your assessment will be carried out by our experienced and friendly service. For more information, please record your details on our website, or if you prefer, give us a call when convenient and learn more about the world of foster care. Simply call 020 8427 3355 - just some of the things we can advise you on cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. What are the different types of foster care? Foster care payments. Don’t forget we also provide information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk.

Foster educational ambition

4th January, 2018

The (NNECL) National Network for the Education of Care Leavers has published a new study: its findings are the first to give a picture of the numbers of care leavers in higher education. Dr Neil Harrison based at the University of the West of England produced the research for the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers. It involved the examination of the ‘educational pathways’ of all the young people in England who turned 16 in 2008. This included 6,470 care leavers. The work also involved looking at responses to a survey from 212 ‘care experienced’ students now in higher education. The findings revealed that twelve percent of care leavers had entered higher education by the time they were aged 23. This figure is higher than previous estimates of six percent. It was, however, considerably lower than for other young people which stands at forty two percent. Another significant finding was that care leavers in higher education were more likely to withdraw, have delays or restart their studies. Of some encouragement was the fact that those care leavers who did complete their degree studies, were as likely to obtain a first or upper second class degree as their fellow students. A new training opportunity to foster with Rainbow We need people to join our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. Applicants will receive special training to care for children who, sadly, have suffered abuse or neglect. This often results in developmental trauma which can impair their ability to settle and progress in a foster family. This training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework which offers professional development and the opportunity to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already have professional experience of working with children and young people - a background in social work, education, youth work or the police service are examples. We also welcome experienced carers considering transferring to develop their professional careers as therapeutic foster carers. Experience the benefits we offer Would you consider fostering teenagers - maybe a sibling group or perhaps care for a parent and child? People choose to foster with us because of the excellent rates of pay offered and round the clock support. Foster carers also benefit from our careful matching of placements with their preferences. You will enjoy chatting with our enthusiastic and friendly staff who will be keen to carry out your assessment. Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. For more information you can leave your details on our website, or, give us a call right now and take your first steps into the world of foster care: Call 020 8427 3355 - we can advise you on: what are the different types of foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. Or, training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk.

Foster carers honoured

3rd January, 2018

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has recently congratulated members who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s honours. Receiving MBE’s for their services to children and families - Arthur Frost, Dorothy Frost, Barbara Bower, Pearline Howard, Michael Squire, Rachel Squire and Martin Williams. The vice chair of Camden Association of Foster Carers, Margaret Harvey, received an MBE for services to children. A new opportunity to foster with Rainbow Fostering Services in 2018 We are looking for people to join our innovative therapeutic fostering service. Applicants will receive special training to look after children who have experienced abuse and neglect resulting in developmental trauma. This can impair their ability to settle and progress in a family setting. The Training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework: this offers professional development and the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already have experience of working with children and young people: a background in social work, education, youth work or the police as examples. We also welcome experienced foster carers who may want to transfer to develop their professional career in a supportive and dynamic setting. Children and young people that require therapeutic foster carers will need individuals or families who possess patience, resilience, empathy and, most of all, the desire to turn a child’s life around. Experience the benefits we offer Could you foster teenagers - maybe a sibling group or care for a parent and child? People choose to foster with us because of the round the clock support they receive and our careful matching of placements with foster carers preferences. We celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. For more information you can leave your details on our website, or, give us a call right now and take your first steps into the world of foster care: Call 020 8427 3355 for a friendly and informative chat.

Report on foster care from House of Commons Education Committee

27th December, 2017

The House of Commons has released a report into foster care which follows an inquiry which began in October 2016. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, provided oral and written evidence. The charity’s, chief executive, Kevin Williams stated - “We were delighted that the education committee carried out their inquiry into fostering in England, and welcome this comprehensive report. We hope that many of the recommendations are reflected in the forthcoming report of the Government’s fostering stocktake. We also agree with the committee’s conclusion that the Government should carry out a review of the full care system, rather than consider each element as if they were entirely separate.” In its response, the charity drew attention to the fact there remains confusion around the idea of foster carers being regarded as professionals. Levels of remuneration for foster carers also remains high on the agenda: Kevin Williams again: “We would argue, therefore, that in order to recruit and retain enough foster families for all the children who need them, ensuring they are properly paid is key, and we are disappointed that the report makes no mention of this.” Train to be a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow Anyone with an interest in fostering will soon come across ‘Therapeutic Fostering’: it is a category of fostering where foster carers receive specialist training in order to care for children with complex needs. More children are coming into care requiring this type of fostering - this means we want to speak with people interested in being trained to become therapeutic foster carers. Foster with Rainbow and experience the benefits Could you foster either teenagers, sibling groups or accept a mother and baby placement? We have an urgent need for foster carers interested in these areas. We will provide all the training and support. People choose to foster with us because of the round the clock support - every day of the year; the careful matching of placements with foster carers preferences and the opportunities for further specialist training. We celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

Call for foster care ‘Christmas Fairness’

22nd December, 2017

In the run up to Christmas there have been calls to make sure that every foster carer is given the same amount of money to spend on their foster children over the Christmas. It is the view of the leading charity, The Fostering Network, that all payments should be standardised. This will in their words bring an end to a “postcode lottery”. The situation does indeed differ across the country. In Wales there are currently 4,400 children in care: the Welsh Local Government Association stated “all foster carers received weekly allowances to cover care costs.” Caerphilly council pays out £155 a week - this includes money for Christmas, for a five to 10-year-old. In nearby Torfaen pays out the same weekly basic allowance, but with an extra £155 at Christmas time. Neath Port Talbot pays less throughout the year - approximately £150 - but it pays a higher amount at Christmas payment - £215. The director of the Fostering Network in Wales, Colin Turner, stated: "The reality is, it shouldn't be who you foster for… in an ideal world they'd receive the same fostering fees and allowances.” The Welsh Local Government Association stated that all the local authorities took very seriously their responsibilities for foster children and stressed - "All approved foster carers receive a weekly allowance to cover the costs of caring for a child and, while there is no legal requirement, most local authorities pay foster carers fees for their time and skills over and above the national minimum allowance.” Foster with Rainbow in 2018 Become a foster carer to start making a real difference to the life of a child or young person: Rainbow Fostering are a leading independent fostering agency and you can give our friendly team a call today. We’ll be happy to have a chat about what foster care involves. Rainbow provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the highest standard. If you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies - please get in touch and discover what the next steps are. Call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a general information about foster care covering topics such as what is fostering? the fostering allowance, types of fostering and foster care requirements. A few good reasons to foster with Rainbow: • round the clock support - 365 days a year; • enthusiastic and friendly staff keen to undertake your assessment; • the sensitive matching of placements with our foster carers preferences; • our foster carers are professionals and at Rainbow we provide further specialist training to help them build their careers in foster care. We are particularly keen to attract people who would be interested in training to become therapeutic foster carers.

Foster parents now able to access additional childcare

21st December, 2017

During a recent debate in Parliament the children’s minister has announced that foster children in England aged three and four will be able to access 15 extra hours of free childcare. This will be from September 2018. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, played a prominent role with other organisations and individuals in bringing about this change. It brings to an end the discriminatory policy decision that was introduced in September. The charity stated: “We look forward to working with the Department for Education in the new year as they seek to implement this new decision. Thank you to everybody who got involved in our campaign for making their voices heard so clearly about this issue, in particular all of you who wrote to your MP. We are also grateful to Lisa Nandy who introduced the debate, Tracy Brabin who was instrumental in the campaign, and all the other MPs who spoke and helped to put pressure on the Government.” There are many reasons to foster with Rainbow? Here are just a few of the many reasons: • enthusiastic, professional and friendly staff will undertake your assessment and initial home visit; • the most careful and sensitive matching of placements with our foster parents’ preferences; • the opportunity to join our welcoming support groups for foster carers - as well as their children; • around the clock support - 365 days a year - dedicated support from a supervising social worker; • our foster carers are professionals: we offer further training to help build their careers in fostering. Specialist training and support for carers interested in becoming therapeutic foster carers. Due to rising demand, we are keen to hear from people wanting to foster either teenagers, sibling groups or interested in mother and baby placements. At Rainbow, we celebrate diversity and appreciate applications to train to be a foster carer from people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, religion or cultural background.

Foster care option for baby born with drug addiction symptoms

19th December, 2017

A family court judge has ruled that a baby girl born with drug addiction symptoms should be placed in foster care until a decision about her long term future is made. The mother of the child was apparently unconcerned about the likely impact of her drug taking on the baby. Judge Sarah Davies heard from specialists that the child’s mother had shown no “insight”. It was following a private family court hearing in Canterbury in Kent, that the details of the case became known. Apply today to foster with Rainbow Many more people will be needed to become foster carers in 2018. It is a big decision, so it’s entirely natural to have questions. We can help you whatever the questions you have. Some of the more common ones include - what are the different types of foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our friendly recruitment advisors today. They will be happy to provide answers to these questions, or any others you might have. You can schedule a call for a time that is suitable for you. And why foster with Rainbow? These are just a few of the many reasons that people choose to foster with us: • enthusiastic, professional and friendly staff to undertake your assessment; • round the clock support - 365 days a year; • careful and sensitive matching of placements with our foster carers preferences; • our foster carers are professionals and we offer further specialist training to help build their careers in fostering. We are keen to hear from people who want to foster either teenagers, sibling groups or accept mother and baby placements. It is in these categories that there is an urgent need for foster carers. At Rainbow, we celebrate diversity and welcome applications from people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background.

Siblings suffer due to a shortage of foster carers

12th December, 2017

The Care Inspectorate has produced a report stating around 20% of sibling groups in Scotland that are taken into care end up being split. The reason given is the difficulty in finding suitable placements. It was also stated that around sixty per cent of local authorities faced difficulties placing sibling groups. The Care Inspectorate’s report is entitled “Fostering and adoption 2016–17 statistical bulletin”. It said that more high quality fostering and adoption places were needed with more foster families being generally required to support children in care. Seventy eight percent of councils have reported that the numbers of children needing foster care placements, can be greater than the number of placements that are available. The chief executive of the inspectorate, Karen Reid, stated: "From our inspections we know that the vast majority of these services perform very well. By highlighting good practice and identifying areas which can improve, we help ensure that all children can get the best possible start in life.” She also said - "We also know that more high quality fostering and adoption places are needed for vulnerable children, and that too many children are separated from their siblings when a place is found for them. Her opinion is that maintaining the links between siblings is extremely important in helping them to form permanent and loving relationships. These views were echoed by the operational director of children's services at Action for Children Scotland, Fiona Steel, who said that "One of the main concerns highlighted in this report is the difficulty in recruiting foster families to look after sibling groups.” You can apply today to become a foster carer with Rainbow Many more people are needed to become foster carers in 2018. It is a big decision and it’s natural to have many questions: some of the questions we get include - how long does it take to become a foster carer? What are the different types of foster care? What is the fostering allowance? Call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our friendly Rainbow recruitment advisors right now. They will be happy to provide answers to these questions, or any others you might have. Why foster with Rainbow? These are just a few of the reasons people become foster carers with us: • enthusiastic, professional and well qualified staff to undertake your assessment; • full support provided on a 24 hour basis - 365 days a year; • access to our welcoming support groups for foster carers and their children; • the careful and sensitive matching of placements with our foster carers preferences; • our foster carers are treated as professionals and always offered further specialist training. At the current moment, there is a shortage across the UK of over 7,000 foster families. And there is a particular shortage of people coming forward to foster teenagers or sibling groups. We, would, therefore, like to hear from anyone interested in these areas of foster care. And finally, we welcome applications from people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

Foster carers to receive comfort bags for children

29th November, 2017

Employees in a branch of the Nationwide in Swindon have come up with the idea of providing comfort bags for children going into foster care. This was the brainchild of the Practice manager there, Sian Briddon, who has direct experience of the ‘ups and downs’ of fostering children. Sian has provided foster care for around twenty children in recent years - she took her inspiration from an organisation in the United States called Comfort Cases. They provide bags for children, filled with essential items so they can settle more easily into their foster home. Sian said, regarding foster children, “Some of them only have the clothes on their back when they go into care.” Sian said her intention was to bring the idea to fruition in the UK. She teamed up with her work colleagues for the initiative which forms part of Nationwide’s Future Leadership Programme. The aim of this is to offer employees a chance to progress within the business. Apply to be trained as a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering At the moment we are especially keen to hear from people interested in fostering who want to receive therapeutic foster care training. This equips foster carers to look after children with complex needs who may be exhibiting challenging behaviour, Sadly, many of these children have witnessed abusive behaviour - or may themselves have been the victims of abuse. They have often come from chaotic family backgrounds and been neglected. With the high quality training that we offer, it can  be incredibly rewarding to ‘turn around’ the lives of such children. All they are looking for is a stable, caring home environment with someone who is prepared to commit to their safety and well being. Is this you? Perhaps you have experience working with children - as a teacher or youth worker. You might already be working in the health sector and have experience of caring for people. Foster carers who receive this training and, with our 24 hour a day support, successfully care for children can earn higher rates of pay. With experience this can be between £20,000 to £40,000 pa. Please call our experienced recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will answer any questions you might have. The questions we get include: What are the various types of fostering? how long does it take to become a foster carer? How much are foster carers paid? And what is foster care? And here are just a few of the reasons that people decide to foster with Rainbow:
  • Outstanding training - the chance to become a skilled professional and team member;
  • enthusiastic and professional staff to undertake your assessment;
  • access to friendly support groups for foster carers and their children;
  • our foster carers are treated as true fostering professionals;
  • full support from Rainbow provided on a 24 hour basis;
  • careful and sensitive matching of placements with your preferences.
According to figures from the charity, The Fostering Network, around 64,000 children currently live with almost 55,000 foster families in the UK. 7,000 new foster homes are needed: Rainbow would especially like to hear from anyone interested in looking after teenager, sibling groups and mother and baby placements. We welcome applications from people whatever their ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

Three sisters sue Glasgow Council in foster care abuse case

Glasgow city council is being sued is now being sued by three sisters. They were placed with foster parents and then were allegedly abused by them. It is claimed that John and Alma Cassidy would beat and sexually abuse the children whilst they were in the foster home. According to the solicitors Digby Brown, council bosses had ordered John Cassidy to leave the foster house, but that a check was never made on his movements. Lawyers say that this enabled him to secretly return and keep abusing the sisters. In a statement made by the sisters through Digby Brown Solicitors, they said: “John and Alma Cassidy weren’t just two of the worst fosterers imaginable – they were two of the worst humans.” Because these events occurred in the past, the passage of time has meant that both foster carers are now deceased and so has escaped prosecution. The sisters hold the view that Glasgow city council is at fault as they paid the Cassidys to care for them and took no action even after they were alerted to the risk that he posed. It has been confirmed by a Glasgow city council spokeswoman that “ We can confirm a claim has been received but it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.” Apply today to be a foster carer with Rainbow They will be delighted to answer any questions you might have. Some of the more frequent questions we get include: how long does not take to become a foster carer? What are the types of fostering? What is the fostering allowance? What is foster care? You can call 020 8427 3355 and speak with a Rainbow recruitment advisor right now. They will be happy to provide answers to any questions you might have. Some of the more frequent questions that we receive include: What is foster care? How long does it take for someone to become a foster carer? What are the different types of fostering a person can do? And what is the fostering allowance? And here are just a few of the reasons that people decide to foster with Rainbow:
  • enthusiastic, professional and well qualified staff to undertake your assessment;
  • access to friendly support groups for foster carers and their children;
  • careful and sensitive matching of placements with your preferences;
  • our carers are treated as fostering professionals;
  • full support provided on a 24 hour basis;
At the current time, there are over 7,000 youngsters are in need of a home. There is a shortage of people to foster teenagers and sibling groups. We would especially like to hear from anyone interested in these areas of foster care. At Rainbow Fostering, we welcome applications from people regardless of their ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

New training for foster carers to improve the care of unaccompanied children

A new safeguarding strategy has been introduced which forms part of the drive to improve the care of unaccompanied children. Part of it will involve training for one thousand foster carers and support workers. It is backed by updated statutory guidance, a local authority funding review along with moves to improve inter-agency advice and information sharing. This aligns with the guidance that is already available to all foster carers which forms a part of their duties under the Prevent strategy. There will also be updated guidance for councils on caring for unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery. In addition, research will be commissioned to assess the effectiveness of existing support for unaccompanied children and families reunited under the Dublin Regulation. Experience the rewards of a career in foster care with Rainbow There are many vulnerable children and young people who, sadly, have little or no experience of normal family life. Foster carers can do so much to improve the lot of such children. Possessing the ability to care and nurture a child is what matters most. Your income, marital status or age are not so important: foster carers can be cohabiting, single or married. We welcome applications from people irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Please call 020 8427 3355 to speak with a Rainbow recruitment advisor. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have. And here are just a few of the reasons that people decide to foster with Rainbow:
  • enthusiastic, professional and well qualified staff to undertake your assessment;
  • access to friendly support groups for foster carers and their children;
  • careful and sensitive matching of placements with your preferences;
  • our carers are treated as fostering professionals;
  • full support provided on a 24 hour basis;
Over 7,000 youngsters are in need of a home. Open your heart…open your home and make a real difference to a child’s life.

Final sessions of foster care inquiry completed

November 17th, 2017

This key inquiry had been suspended earlier in the year because of the General Election. The last two sessions of the foster care inquiry have now taken place. The Committee has already heard evidence from a range of bodies. These include universities, local authorities, foster care service providers and fostering organisations. The President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Alison Michalska, called for a nationwide recruitment campaign funded by government to address the shortage of foster carers. She also identified the need to address the fact that foster carers as a group are aging and not being replaced quickly enough. On the 7th November, the Education Committee was joined by young people with direct experience of fostering. The Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP, was questioned regarding the state of foster care in England and the fostering stocktake which is ongoing. There was a general discussion around issues relating to capacity in the system as well as the concerns of foster carers. Asked about the fostering stocktake, the Minister said he expected to receive the draft findings before Christmas and that there would be a government response in the New Year after the findings had been published. Experience the rewards of a career in foster care with Rainbow  There are many vulnerable children and young people who have no experience of normal family life. Foster carers can do so much to improve the lot of these young people. Possessing the ability to nurture and care for a child is what matters most. Your income, marital status or age are not hugely important: foster carers can be cohabiting, single or married. We welcome applications from people irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Please call 020 8427 3355 to speak with a Rainbow recruitment advisor. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have. And here are just a few of the reasons that people decide to foster with Rainbow:
  • enthusiastic, professional and well qualified staff to undertake your assessment;
  • access to friendly support groups for foster carers and their children;
  • full support provided on a 24 hour basis;
  • careful and sensitive matching of placements with your preferences.
  • the opportunity to be treated as a fostering professional, keen to develop their career;
There are now over 7,000 youngsters in need of a home. We would relish the chance to help you make the difference to some of these young lives.

International Foster Care Organisation appoints new Board of Directors

After a highly successful conference this year in Malta, the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) announced this month that following elections during the Annual General Meeting in early November 2017, it can now announce the new Board of Directors for 2017 - 2019. The composition of the Board has a truly international feel - as might be expected and is listed as follows: Danielle Douglas - President (Ireland); Lacy Dicharry - Vice President (USA); Sam Pothier - Administrative Secretary (Canada); Carrie Harrop - Treasurer (UK); April Curtis (USA); Britta Scholin (Sweden); Donna Scott (Australia); Jill Worral (New Zealand); Jo Derrick (UK); John Role (Malta) and Vasundhra Sharma (India). Danielle Douglas, the new President of IFCO, in a letter to IFCO members said - “IFCO was the first organisation that I was involved with that shared my values so closely and therefore I have never looked back since. To be voted in as President on the tenth anniversary of my relationship with IFCO in the place where it all began was an incredibly special moment for me.” She continued with the promise to - “Continue to be passionate, dedicated and relentless in our journey towards quality care for all children in alternative care across the globe.” It is IFCO’s aim to make the right of every child to live in a family a reality through the promotion of foster care worldwide. Open your heart…open your home - become a foster carer with Rainbow In the last five years the number of children coming into care has been rising - so there are even more vulnerable children who need a loving home. To be a foster carer you have to be willing to nurture and care for a child. You also have to help them reach their full potential. To foster, you can be single, cohabiting or married. You will need to have a spare room to foster a child. Your religious faith, ethnicity, cultural background or your sexual orientation will not prevent you fostering. Find out more by calling 020 8427 3355 to speak with one of our trained advisors. They will be delighted to answer any questions you may have: common questions cover: foster carer requirements? foster carer payments? The types of fostering? how to become a foster parent uk? Just some of the benefits of fostering with Rainbow include: strong relationships with local authorities - a high number of referrals; opportunities for training and higher pay rates; a smooth and efficient transfer process if you are already a foster carer and access to a wide range of social events. When you foster a child, it is important you promote and support their education, health and leisure interests. You must also be a good listener - able to communicate in a way that is age appropriate for the understanding of a child or young person. It is very important to be willing to learn new skills: Rainbow provide training and support delivered in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

Call for additional free childcare for foster children

November 13th, 2017

The Westminster Government has come under pressure to reverse a discriminatory decision to exclude all foster children from receiving an additional fifteen hours of free childcare. Charities and other organisations have attacked the decision as being unfair. In a letter sent to the ‘Guardian’ newspaper, these bodies urged Robert Goodwill, the Children’s Minister, to look again at the eligibility criteria and overturn the decision immediately. The letter states that: “Children aged three and four across England are now entitled to an extra 15 hours of free childcare each week, with the exception of fostered children who have been explicitly and inexplicably excluded.” The point is also made that asa group, foster carers can be underpaid and are often expected to work outside the home and not rely exclusive on their fostering income. This means that the additional 15 hours of free childcare could be of real benefit. Open your heart…open your home and foster with Rainbow In 2017 there are even more vulnerable children desperate to find a secure, stable and loving home. To be a foster carer you must be willing to nurture and care for a child and help them to reach their full potential. This is what matters most. To foster, you can be single, cohabiting or married - but you do need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person. When you foster a child or young person, you must be able to promote and support their health, education and leisure interests. It is important that you are a good listener and able to communicate with young people in a way that is age appropriate for their understanding. You must be willing to learn new skills - we provide all the training and support required delivered in a friendly and enjoyable way. Your religion, ethnicity, cultural background or indeed sexual orientation are not a bar your eligibility to foster. If you are serious about discovering more about fostering, just call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors. They are always delighted to answer the questions people have. Some common questions cover: how to become a foster parent uk? The types of fostering? foster carer requirements? foster carer payments? Right now, over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the UK - could you be one of them?

More health support for carers and their foster children

November 7th, 2017

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has just launched its ‘Improving Mental Health Support for our Children and Young People report’. This contains expert recommendations  drawn from a working group set up by the Department of Health along with the Department for Education in England. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams - a member of the working group - said: “Half of all looked after children have a diagnosable mental health disorder and five times as many children in care have low subjective wellbeing compared to children in the general population; the issue of transforming the mental health of looked after children could not be more urgent. Three-quarters of looked after children live with foster carers, so any such transformation must have foster carers and fostering at its centre.” Kevin Williams identified that; whilst there is much in the report to be welcomed, what is most important, is that the quality of assessment and subsequent mental health support for children in care must be consistent. He also said that with the introduction of a virtual mental health lead (VMHL), what mattered was that the postholder must be able to work across all bodies - especially the local authorities. “As well as helping looked after children get consistent access to mental health services, the VMHL must also play a strategic in monitoring outcomes for looked after children.” Rainbow need more foster carers to meet the needs of vulnerable children If you have been thinking about fostering, there is no better time to come forward and learn more about what it involves. Currently over 7,000 new foster families are needed across the country. If you are passionate about the idea that all children should have a fair start in life - and you have the ability to nurture a child - we would like to hear from you. Your sexual orientation is not a bar to becoming a foster carer. You can be single, cohabiting or married and we welcome people from any ethnicity, cultural background or religion. You will need to have a spare room for a child or young person. One of our trained advisors will be available on 020 8427 3355 to speak with you and  answer any questions you might have. Joining Rainbow will mean gaining access to a vibrant community of professionals and foster carers. Below are a few of the reasons people decide to foster with us:
  • highly professional, well qualified staff to undertake your assessment;
  • friendly support groups are regularly run for foster carers and their children;
  • there is always support on a 24 hour basis via our out of hours duty and social work teams;
  • the opportunity to be treated as a fostering professional and develop your career;
  • our approach is always to offer careful, sensitive and well matched of placements;
  • the opportunity to be treated as a fostering professional.
Our role is to help you decide if providing foster care will be the right choice for you: call us for an informal chat, remembering there is no pressure or obligation. And it could be the start of an amazing and life changing experience.

Foster carers make a difference in Cumbria

October 31st, 2017

The vital role played by foster carers in helping care leavers achieve the best outcomes is being emphasised during National Care Leavers’ Week which finishes this Friday. Cumbria County Council has responsibility for two hundred and seventy five care leavers aged between sixteen and twenty five. They are provided with support and help as they get ready to make the move to independent living. The areas foster carers play an indispensable role with ninety five per cent of young people currently being fostered in the county, electing to stay with their carers  when they turn eighteen. They are enabled to do this a part of the ‘Staying Put’ arrangements that permit young people to remain with their foster carers if they are in further education, training or employment. Councillor Anne Burns is the cabinet member for Children’s Services: she said: “National Care Leavers’ Week is an ideal opportunity for us to shine a light, not just on the remarkable achievements of our care leavers, but on the essential role that our foster carers play in helping young people across Cumbria to pursue their dreams and achieve their potential.” This year the theme of ‘National Care Leavers Week’ will be ‘Togetherness’. It will focus attention on how foster carers working alongside Care Leavers’ services, can have a powerful and positive effect on the futures of care leavers. Begin a career in foster care with Rainbow There are currently many vulnerable children who have no idea what it is like to live in a loving family home. You have the power to do something about this by becoming a foster carer. You must of course be interested in young people,  but the ability to nurture and care for a child is what really matters. Income, marital status or your age are not so important. To qualify to be a foster carer, you can be cohabiting, single or married. Your ethnicity, religion or cultural background will not prevent you from becoming a foster carer. Nor will your sexual orientation. Just call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors to find out more. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Here are just a few of the reasons that people decide to foster with Rainbow:
  • highly professional, well qualified staff to undertake your assessment;
  • the opportunity to be treated as a fostering professional;
  • we run regular friendly support groups for foster carers and their children;
  • we provide full support on a 24 hour basis via our out of hours duty and social work team;
  • careful and sensitive matching of placements with your family.
To hear the full story of all the benefits of working with Rainbow, simply give us a call. There are now over 7,000 children and young people in need of a stable and secure home. We would be delighted to help you to make the difference to some of these young lives.

Pakistani foster carers supported by their foster child

October 26th, 2017

Rebecca Brown, who is white British, is making her voice heard to champion her Pakistani Muslim foster carers. “I am part of the family” Rebecca says: now eighteen, she is herself an atheist and has lived with the Muslim family since the age of twelve. Rebecca has referred to them as being her “mum and Dad” since the third month of her placement. Since that time, she has learned some basic Urdu and has also travelled to Pakistan with the family. Rebecca has chosen to support her foster carers after the controversial case some weeks ago, which involved a five year old Christian girl being placed with Muslim foster carers. In that instance, the judge found that concerns about the girl’s welfare had been unfounded. Things have not been straightforward for Rebecca as she has encountered negative reaction. Some of her school friends have asked; because of her foster carers religion, if she is “living with terrorists”. Rebecca wants everyone to know that “they are just like any other family”. A career in foster care with Rainbow Fostering is rewarding in so many ways Were you aware that there are currently a great many vulnerable children who do not know what it is like to live in a loving family home? You can do something about this by becoming a foster carer: your ability to nurture and care for a child is what really matters. Income, marital status or age are not so important. To qualify to be a foster carer, you can be cohabiting, single or married; you do need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person. And your ethnicity, religion or cultural background or indeed sexual orientation, will not prevent you from becoming a foster carer. Just call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors to find out more. They will answer any questions you might have. Common questions we get include: What is the fostering allowance? how long does not take to become a foster carer? What are the types of fostering? And sometimes simply - what is foster care? Over 7,000 new foster families are needed this year  - if you were one of them, you would be making a tremendous difference to the prospects of a disadvantaged child or young person.

Dorset foster carers recognised

October 23rd, 2017

At Dorset County Council’s annual ‘Children in Care Awards’, held this weekend, the dedication of the county’s foster carers was recognised. Three hundred people attended the event - including the eighty award winners. With them were their families, social workers and county council representatives. Awards were also presented to children and youngsters for progress and effort. These were also given for educational accomplishment and the successful completion of work experience placements Another special category recognised the contribution of birth- children of foster carers who welcomed ‘looked after’ children into their family homes. The Director of Children’s Services, Sara Tough - along with Cabinet member for learning and skills, Deborah Croney - presented the awards. Sara Tough stated - “We are here to celebrate the achievements of these incredible people, and it’s fantastic to see so many people here to support them. Thanks to the work of our dedicated foster carers, social workers and schools, we are really making a difference to the lives of children in Dorset.” The evening culminated in the presentation of six long service awards to women who had between them fostered for more than 120 years. Think about a career in foster care with Rainbow Fostering There are currently many vulnerable children who have never known a secure, stable and loving home. In order to become a foster carer, your ability to nurture and care for a child is what matters most. We are less concerned about your income, marital status or age. To qualify for fostering, you can be single, cohabiting or married. You can be a homeowner or a tenant, but remember, you need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person. Your religion, ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation are not a bar to becoming a foster carer. Please call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors. They will be delighted to answer any questions you might have. Some of the more frequent questions we get include: how long does not take to become a foster carer? What are the types of fostering? What is the fostering allowance? What is foster care? 7,000 new foster families are needed - could you be one of them?

Foster care pay still an issue

October 20th, 2017

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has just carried out a survey which draws attention to the levels of pay foster carers receive. Three-quarters of children now in the care system are looked after by foster carers. All the foster carers in the UK are given an allowance to cover the costs of caring for a ‘looked after’ child or young person. The money is for spending on the care of the child and does not include any payment for the foster carer themselves. In contrast, there is no requirement for a fee to be paid. This results in widely varying practice across the country. The Fostering Network is now urging the UK's governments to invest in order to make sure all foster carers are paid adequately. The charity believes that in the immediate term this should be the equivalent of the national living wage for a 40-hour week and that this should be paid 52 weeks a year. One particular foster carer who participated in the survey said: “This is a job, one which I do with a passion and that I love. Ultimately I need to earn a living…I wouldn't foster without a skills fee as it would be a further insult to the challenges we already face. We offer love, care, guidance, support, encouragement advice to children who face and present with real challenges in order to make some positive changes and help change their future.” Consider becoming a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering There are currently many vulnerable children who have never known a secure, stable and loving home. If you can open your heart, and your home, you will be helping young people to have a brighter future. Call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors. They will be able to answer any questions you might have. Becoming a foster carer is, of course, a very big step, but many people find it uniquely rewarding. Ask us anything about foster care: we get a great many different questions - these are some of the more common ones - does fostering babies mean you need to have special training? Is there any difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes people just simply want to know what is foster care?

Whatever the nature of your inquiry, talk to us about fostering today as there is a current shortage of 7,000 foster care families in the UK. Remember: you need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person.

Court rules in favour of foster care victim

October 19th, 2017

In a landmark ruling, a woman who experienced abuse from her foster carers as a child, has won a battle against Nottinghamshire County Council. The court ruled against the council, judging it was "vicariously liable” after placing the her with two foster couples during the nineteen eighties. The council responded by saying that they would have “far reaching implications” in the UK.The woman  concerned had been physically and emotionally abused in her first placement and then been sexually abused during her second foster placement. Council representative, Colin Pettigrew, stated  "she should have been safe in the care of her foster carers 30 years ago and she wasn't, this is a matter of huge regret to us. "This Supreme Court determination will have far-reaching implications for us and every other local authority across the land which has children's social care responsibilities.” In this latest hearing, it was found that the council could be held liable in respect of the physical and sexual abuse by her foster carers. This was despite the council being found not to have been negligent in relation to the selection or supervision of them. At the High Court and Court of Appeal, the woman had previously lost her claim against the council. Have you considered being a foster carer? It is a sad fact, but there are currently many vulnerable children who have never known what it is like to be cared for in a secure, stable and loving home. If you can open your heart - as well as your home - and become a foster carer, you can help young people to have a brighter future. You can start by calling 020 8427 3355. This will enable you to speak with one of our trained advisors and they will be able to answer any questions you might wish to ask. Becoming a foster carer is a very big step, but many people find it incredibly rewarding. When you talk to us, there is no pressure or obligation to make an immediate decision. We just want to help you learn a little more about what fostering involves and decide whether foster care is the right choice for you. You can ask us anything: we get a great many different questions that differ from does fostering babies mean you have to have different training than for fostering older children? What is the most important difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes just simply what is foster care? Whatever the nature of your inquiry, we would love to hear from you as there is currently a shortage of 7,000 foster care families in the UK.

Foster Care in U.S. under the spotlight

October 17th, 2017

Rainbow International is our fostering arm that is currently involved in setting up a major fostering project in India. As we are active overseas, we have an interest in conveying news about foster care from different parts of the world… At a recent meeting of an oversight panel in Kansas it emerged that three sisters aged 15, 14 and 12 had gone missing in August. The police believe that the girls ran away fro their foster placement. Anger was expressed when it emerged that over 70 foster children are missing in Kansas. Senator Laura Kelly, who is a Topeka Democrat, informed a child welfare task force meeting that when she requested information from the Kansas Department for Children and Families about the missing children, the agency knew nothing. Senator Kelly said she was "flabbergasted." after the meeting. Officials have stated that the number of children listed as missing - more than 70, is “in line with the  national average.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that during the federal government's 2015 fiscal year, around 4,600 children placed in foster care had been listed as runaways. This equated to 1.1 per cent of a total of around 428,000. Kansas itself, had almost 7,100 children in foster care in August of this year, so the number of those who had gone missing is about 1 percent. Could foster care be for you?  Are you interested in children and young people? Perhaps you have worked with them in a professional capacity as a teacher, nurse or youth worker. Perhaps your own children are now grown up and you still feel you have something to ‘put back’ - after all raising your own family will mean you have unique and valuable experience. Choosing to become a foster carer means all that experience will not go to waste. And there are some very desperate and vulnerable children and young people who would benefit hugely from it. Becoming a foster carer means you can really brighten their future. Foster care is defined as assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person who is outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers through their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them. Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are there particular special skills required if you are fostering children - compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer? Whatever questions you might have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering is for you. Feel free to call us for a friendly chat: there is no pressure or obligation and it could be the start of an incredible life changing journey.

Foster Care will be affected by rise in numbers

October 13th, 2017

Official figures available show that the number of children and young people coming into care has risen at the fastest rate in five years. the statistics, released recently by the Department for Education reveal that for the year ending March 31st 2017, the number of ‘looked after children’ rose by 3.2 per cent in the space of twelve months. 72,670 children were classed as being in care in the twelve months to the end of March 2017. This was compared with 70,440 the previous year and 69,480 in 2015. This 3.2 per cent increase is the largest in five years, since the figure rose from 65,510 in 2011 to 67,070 in 2012. This reflected a rise of 4.1 per cent. Additionally, the actual proportion of children now in care has risen to its highest level on record. At the present time, 62 out of every 10,000 children are in care: the figure had been set at 60 since 2013. The lowest recorded figure in recent years was in 2008. In that year, 54 out of every 10,000 children were in the care system. The chief executive of children's charity Coram, Dr Carol Homden, stated - “the rise in the number of children in care highlighted the importance of recruiting more foster carers and adopters.” Additionally - "The continued rise in the number of children who are looked-after demonstrates the need for prospective foster carers and adopters to come forward. These are the people who change the lives of this vulnerable group of children.” The statistics have also shown that over the same five year period the numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children coming into care have more than doubled from the figure of 1,950 in 2013. The proportion of ‘looked after’ children who are unaccompanied asylum-seekers stands presently at 6 percent after being at 3 per cent since the year 2013. Could foster care be for you?  Are you interested in children and young people? Perhaps you have worked with them in a professional capacity as a teacher, nurse or youth worker. Perhaps your own children are now grown up and you still feel you have something to ‘put back’ - after all raising your own family will mean you have unique and valuable experience. Choosing to become a foster carer means all that experience will not go to waste. And there are some very desperate and vulnerable children and young people who would benefit hugely from it. Becoming a foster carer means you can really brighten their futures. Foster care is defined as assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person who is outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers through their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them. Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are there particular special skills required if you are fostering children - compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer? Whatever questions you might have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering is for you. Feel free to call us for a friendly chat: there is no pressure or obligation and it could be the start of an incredible life changing journey.

Foster Carer brings claim over workers’ rights

October 11th, 2017

The trade union the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB), has filed a claim on behalf of foster carer Sarah Anderson against Hampshire County Council. Sarah Anderson is arguing that she is a worker and as such is entitled to rights - holiday pay being an example. Currently, foster carers are paid by independent agencies or local authorities to care for ‘looked after’ children. They are not classed as either workers or employees. Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB stated - “Many foster care workers are highly qualified, put in very long hours, are rigidly supervised and have foster care as their main source of income,” If the case is successful, it could result in thousands of claims being made by foster carers. Sarah Anderson currently chairs the IWGB’s foster care workers’ branch said - “As foster care workers we are exploited, have no rights whatsoever and are treated as a disposable workforce, when society needs carers more than ever. We can't advocate or look after our children properly if our rights aren't recognised and protected.” Hampshire County Council’s position is that the law is very clear and that foster carers are not deemed “workers”.  Foster carers receive a weekly allowance intended to cover the costs of the young people they care for. This sum can range from around £150 to £500 per child. The amount will depend on considerations such as how complex are the needs of the particular child. The IWGB has already successfully won a case on behalf of two foster carers. This was under Scottish law. In August of this year, Glasgow Employment Tribunal ruled that foster carers James Christine and James Johnstone were employees. The judgment focused particularly on the level of control the council had over the pair together with the ‘mutuality of obligation’ between the foster carers and the authority. Is foster care for you?  Become a foster carer means you can really brighten the future of some of our most vulnerable young people. Foster care is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them. Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are special skills required if you are fostering children - compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer?

Sons and daughters of foster carers recognized

October 9th, 2017

This is a very special week in the calendar of the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network: it marks a month of celebrations recognising the valuable role played by the sons and daughters of our country’s foster carers. The annual campaign ‘Sons and daughters Month’ focuses on appreciating the hugely valuable part that is played by birth and adopted children in welcoming fostered children into their families. Kevin Williams is the chief executive of The Fostering Network; he stated: “The sons and daughters of foster carers are incredibly valuable members of any fostering household. Tonight over 64,000 children right across the UK will be living with a fostering family, and thousands of foster brothers and sisters will make them feel more at home, safer, happier and more loved. We thank them for their contribution.” Around half of all foster care households have adopted or birth children still living at home. Their presence there can make a significant difference to help foster children settle into their new homes. This contribution is something that warrants recognition since many birth children can benefit from being part of a fostering family. As the charity states - “Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.” Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them. Would you consider becoming a foster carer in 2017?  Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them. Many children who unfortunately come into care have experienced abuse or neglect. Caring for them can make an enormous difference to them. Doing this can be a challenging experience, but extremely rewarding. Learn more about foster care by getting in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision: our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are special skills required if you are fostering children - compared to fostering babies? What actually do foster carers have to do to demonstrate they are providing proper care? Whatever questions you have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering will suit you and the rest of your family. Feel free to call us for an exploratory chat - there is no pressure or obligation placed on you - and it could just be the start of the most an amazing life changing journey.

Foster care ruling over ‘Muslim case’

October 5th, 2017

In a recent controversial case where a Christian girl was placed with a Muslim family, a judge has now ruled the child should live with a family member. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets was the local authority that got caught up in the controversy. At the time it rejected reports that the foster family concerned did not speak English, saying that the girl had in fact been placed with a mixed-race family that was English speaking. There were  legal restrictions placed on the reporting the case originally. This did not prevent several newspapers describing the situation as one where a Muslim family had sought to impose its cultural values and traditions on the girl - a vulnerable Christian child. The local authority had responded at the time by saying that there were inaccuracies in the reporting, but were themselves prevented from saying anymore. In a statement that it released, it stated - “Tower Hamlets Council has the welfare of children at the heart of what we do. the decision to choose foster carers for a  child is based on a number of factors, including cultural background and proximity to promote contact with the child’s family and the child’s school in order to give them as much stability as possible.” Judge Khan Sapnara, a family court judge, made the decision concerning the girl’s future and will be issuing and order later. Are you considering becoming a foster carer? Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them. Many young people coming into care have experienced various forms of abuse or neglect. Caring for them can make an enormous difference, both to you and to them. It can be a challenging experience, but the reward are unique. Learn more by getting in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. You will hear from them that there are few things that are more rewarding than providing foster care for a child in need. Their task is, however, to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer. Our team provides answers to common questions; for example - what actually do foster carers do? How much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care? Are special skills required if you are fostering children compared to fostering babies? Whatever questions you have of your own, we will help you to decide if fostering will suit you. Just call us for an exploratory chat - there is no pressure or obligation - and it could be the start of an amazing life changing journey for you and your family.

Foster carer recruitment under the spotlight

October 2nd, 2017

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, currently estimates that around 7,000 new foster families are needed in the next year to cope with a shortfall. It is challenging finding people to step forward and foster - earlier this month ‘Action for Children’ released a report that indicated 85% of adults in the UK showed little or no interest in becoming foster carers. The Fostering Network acknowledges that such a statistic is disappointing, but not indicative of a crisis in recruitment. The charity expressed the view that as there are 27 million households in the UK, and if only 0.03 per cent of those households fostered, the demand for 7,000 new foster families would be met. Presented another way that equates to just three out of every 10,000 households. The Fostering Network has also stressed the importance of foster care services doing everything possible to motivate and retain their existing foster carers. Their view - “A motivated foster carer cohort can also act as the best recruitment method a fostering service has.” The survey produced by ‘Action for Children’ has led to calls government to fund a national recruitment campaign. The Fostering Network organises an annual campaign  - Foster Care Fortnight which this year reached over 12.7 million people through social media. It also generated over 1,000 pieces that received news coverage. Interested in being a foster carer? Deciding to become a foster carer means you could make all the difference in the world to a child or young person. If you are interested in finding out more about being a foster carer, get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. You will learn from them that there are few things that are more rewarding than providing foster care. But their task is to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer - fostering can undoubtedly be challenging but very satisfying. Our team will provide answers to common questions; for example - what actually do foster carers do? How much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care? Are special skills required if you are fostering children compared to fostering babies? Whatever questions you have in mind, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to suit you and your family. Just call us for an exploratory chat - there is no pressure or obligation.

Foster carers and adoptive families face increasing problems

September 29th, 2017

The BBC and Adoption UK have just reported that a significant number of adoptive families are in ‘crisis’. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, commented that this is a sad and concerning situation. He stated that the report had highlighted the fact that the children who now coming into care are increasingly traumatised. This means that their behaviour can be extremely challenging. Inevitably adopters will also be coping with children who have experienced trauma. This can make them extremely difficult to cope with. Kevin Williams stated that budgetary pressures mean the care systems are increasingly failing children and the families who look after them. This is due to a lack of support and funding - “Although this report has a focus on adoption, the legal status of a child is irrelevant when it comes to the recognition that most children who have come into care will have experienced trauma or neglect, or witnessed drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence, and therefore will require specialist input and therapeutic care.” There is a need for prospective adopters to be well trained. They should clearly understand that the child they are adopting may well; as a result of experiencing trauma before entering care, be suffering from poor mental health. This can often be exacerbated as adoption means the child loses contact with all family members. The chief executive also focused on the fact there is insufficient funding for CAMHS - as well as other therapeutic inputs - at a time when need is clearly growing. How to foster a child? What are foster carer requirements? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Foster carer pay? These are some of the many questions we are routinely asked by people considering becoming foster carers. Our dedicated recruitment team is always happy to answer these or any other questions you might have. We are eager to find people who want to make a difference by providing loving homes for vulnerable youngsters. If you are interested in fostering babies or fostering children, please call us on 020 8427 3355 today. There is no pressure to reach a decision: we only want to help you make the decision that is right for you. Being a foster carer can be demanding, but the rewards are unique and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Foster care charity makes a plea for child refugees

September 25th, 2017

The country’s largest foster care charity has put in a plea that the recent terror attack on the tube should not result in child refugees trying to enter the UK from being hindered. There is a concern, shared by fostering and adoption agencies alike, that government may use the incident to prevent child refugees being settled here. Andy Elvin, Tact Care’s chief executive, said in a letter to the children’s minister, Robert Goodwill - “Any attempted crackdown on child refugees would be wholly disproportionate to the evidence of potential risk.” His letter also asserted that “by not accepting asylum seeking and refugee children in a planned way the Home Office are, inadvertently, increasing risks”. The suspect Ahmed Hassan is believed to have been looked after by foster parents Penelope and Robert Jones at their home in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. Penelope Jones received an MBE from the Queen in 2010 for her work as a foster carer. There are 7,000 new foster families still needed in the UK this year. if you have been considering going into foster carer, we would like to hear from you. Such a decision means you could make all the difference in the world to the life and prospects of a vulnerable child or young person. Get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 to find out more. They are there to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer - and will provide answers to common questions: for example - Foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? What actually is foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if a career in foster care is going to be right for you. There is no pressure to make a decision, and of course no obligation - our role is to assist you in making the right decision.

Foster care charity cites concern over child protection thresholds

September 22nd, 2017

A recent survey of frontline social workers carried out on behalf of the All Parliamentary Group for Children APPGC, has raised concerns from the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network. After examining the survey’s findings the chief executive, Kevin Williams, of the Network stated: “We have read with concern the findings of the survey which found that thresholds for qualifying as a "child in need" had risen over the last three years and that the majority of social workers feel that financial considerations are a key factor when decisions are being made on whether to offer early help to vulnerable children.” The findings also showed that forty five percent of social workers surveyed now believe that financial considerations are a key factor influencing decisions concerning whether a care order should be made. The Fostering Network has stated concern over the figures: they have been arguing that decisions are “too predicated on what is better for the budget, rather than what is best for meeting the needs of the child.” For a considerable period, the needs of young people coming into care have become increasingly complex. Because it seems that the decision to bring a child into care is financially driven, more children remain longer in environments that could be exposing them to risk. The Fostering Network has within its submission to the national fostering stocktake, asked for: “placement decision making to be moved from the business or finance teams of a local authority to the children’s teams. Money must not dictate where a child is placed – instead meeting the needs of that child must always take priority.” If you make the decision to become a foster carer, you could make all the difference in the world to the lives of vulnerable children. There are few things that are more worthwhile. If you are interested in finding out more about being a foster carer, get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Their task is to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer. They will provide answers to common questions; for example - what actually is foster care? Foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you might have, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you and your family. No pressure is ever put on applicants to reach a decision, and of course there is no obligation - our role is just to help you make the right decision for you.

‘Staying Put’ Guidance launched for foster care

September 14th, 2017

The leading charity for foster care in the UK, The Fostering Network has just launched its Staying Put Guidance. This has been based upon the legislation, standards and statutory guidance that oversees services for ‘looked after children’, care leavers and fostering services in England. The launch - ‘Guidance for Children and Young People Services, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services’ is accompanied by the identification of specific obstacles which the charity wants central government to address. These include the following changes: • the Government at Westminster should ensure that ‘staying put’ after being properly costed is fully funded; • the introduction of a minimum ‘staying put’ allowance with no foster carer being worse off financially because of agreeing to a staying put placement; • funds should be re-allocated so that a foster carer receives housing benefit, rather than it going directly to the young person. It was the Children and Families Act 2014 that brought ‘staying put’ in and introduced a new duty upon all the local authorities in England to support, advise and assist young people to remain with their foster carers, if they wished once they were over the age of eighteen. It was The National Fostering Network that ran a long campaign which brought about the change in the law. Following this change, the charity has closely observed the implementation of the duty. It has reported that the number of young people remaining with their foster carers has grown year on year, but a dramatic rise has not been seen. The Foster care charity has the view that a number of logistical, financial and cultural issues still impede making ‘staying put’ an option for all young people. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated - “The change to the law was one of the proudest moments in the charity’s 40 year history, and ensuring that it works properly for all fostered young people who want to stay with their foster families remains a solid commitment for the charity.” Making the decision to become a foster carer means that you could be making a positive and lasting difference to the lives of some particularly vulnerable youngsters. To help, simply call out Recruitment Team on 020 8427 3355 today. They are here to help you to find out more about the world of foster care and what it offers. Our advisors are professional and friendly - they are used to answering a whole variety of questions about foster care: these have included - what are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are thinking about fostering children, or fostering babies instead? What are the different types of foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Types of fostering and foster carer payments. So whatever your questions, we’ll help you to decide if providing foster care is going to be right for you and your family. There is no pressure to reach a decision - our role is simply to help you make the right decision.

Foster care allowances to be reviewed in Scotland

September 12th, 2017

The Fostering Network, the leading charity, has just responded to an announcement by the Scottish Government of their intention to create a core group to: “review foster, kinship and adoption allowances to bring forward proposals for national kinship care and foster care allowances in summer 2018.” The director The Fostering Network in Scotland is Sara Lurie: she remarked that this is something that the Scottish Government had been promising to introduce for over ten years and this would just be bringing Scotland into line with the rest of the country. She said - “The Fostering Network has been campaigning for many years for the introduction of a minimum fostering allowance in Scotland” and continued - 'We are delighted to see that the Scottish Government has now established a core group to make recommendations regarding the allowance, and that we have been invited to be part of that group.” The charity will request that a firm commitment to action is then made so that a minimum allowance will be introduced can be introduced by April 2019. Sadly, there are currently many vulnerable children and young people who do not know what it is like to be cared for in a stable and loving home. If you can be prepared to open your heart - as well as your home - as a foster carer, you can help children have a brighter future. If you call 020 8427 3355, you can speak with one of our trained advisors who will be able to answer any questions you might have. Becoming a foster carer is a big step, but it can be incredibly rewarding. If you talk to us, there is no pressure or obligation to make a decision. We just want to help you discover if foster care is the right choice for you. We get a great many different questions that range from does fostering babies mean you have to have different training for fostering children? What is the difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes just simply what is foster care?

Leading foster care charity comments on the recent fostering controversy

September 4th, 2017

Controversy has raged over the case of a five year old christian girl placed in foster care with a Muslim family. The story has had many twists and turns: the chief executive of The Fostering Network, the leading fostering charity, has now written to explore key issues that the story has raised. Kevin Williams expresses the view that the recent events raise key questions about how foster carers are trained, assessed and reviewed. He stated - “There are many thousands of carers across the UK, with good support from their fostering service, who have consistently gone the extra mile to support young people to stay connected with the faith and culture they were born into – even if they knew very little about that faith or culture before that young person came to live with them.” At the heart of this issue is the matching process and this depends upon there being a wide pool of available foster carers who; whatever their ethnicity, religion or cultural background, are trained and supported to provide care for children from a different cultural, or religious background from them. Kevin Williams also stated: “ There are many thousands of carers across the UK, with good support from their fostering service, who have consistently gone the extra mile to support young people to stay connected with the faith and culture they were born into – even if they knew very little about that faith or culture before that young person came to live with them.” Make the decision to become a foster carer and you could make a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children: if you are interested in finding out more, call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are there to help you reach the right decision and provide and can provide answers to common questions; for example - what actually is foster care? And what are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you and your family. There is no pressure to reach a decision and no obligation - our role is just to help you make the right decision.

Adoption seen as a successful outcome to foster care in a US State

August 22nd, 2017

At the moment there are more than 18,000 children in Arizona in foster care. They are there for a whole variety of reasons such as neglect, abuse, parents with drug related problems or in prison. Roughly 4,000 of these children and young people are currently waiting to be adopted. At the Arizona Department for Child Safety, Public Information Officer, Darren DaRonco said: “There’s always a need for more foster and adoptive families.” He added – “However, the adoption process can take longer in some instances, For some children, it is more difficult to locate adoptive parents because the children may be older, have some behavioural challenges or some other special needs. For some children, it is more difficult to locate adoptive parents because the children may be older, have some behavioural challenges or some other special needs.”

Should you decide to become a foster carer, then you will know that you can make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Want to find out more? Then contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Our advisors are always happy to answer any enquiries you may have: examples of the kinds of questions they are routinely asked include – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? Do I have to own my own home to foster a child or young person? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions are that you have, we’ll help you decide if fostering children will suit you. We never apply pressure, and there is no obligation – our role is simply to help you make the right decision.

Government cuts could affect foster care services

August 17th, 2017

The recent warnings from the Local Government Association reveal a picture of spending over runs. Their analysis (combined from more than 370 councils in England and Wales), revealed in 2015 – 16 councils surpassed children’s social care budgets by £605 million. This overrun was necessary to protect children at immediate risk of harm. The pressures on councils are mounting: there has been a quite unprecedented surge in demand for children’s social support services in recent years. This demand is unlikely to fall. The figures tell the story: more than 170,000 children were subject to child protection enquiries in 2015/16, as compared to 71,800 in the period 2005/06. This represents a big jump of 140 per cent in only a decade.

Further analysis by the LGA shows that government funding for the Early Intervention Grant has seen a cut of around £500 million since 2013 with a further drop projected of £183 million by the year 2020. By the end of the decade, this represents a reduction of 40 per cent. Councils have found it increasingly hard to invest in the early help services. It is these that can often prevent children entering the social care system in the first place.

The Chair of the LGA’s ‘Children & Young People Board’ stated: “The fact that the majority of councils are recording high levels of children’s services overspend in their local areas shows the sheer scale of the funding crisis we face in children’s social care, both now and in the near future.” Continuing – “With councils facing a £2 billion funding gap for children’s services in just three years time it is more important than ever that the Government prioritises spending in this area.” And also – “There is no question that early intervention can help to limit the need for children to enter the social care system, lay the groundwork for improved performance at school and even help to ease future pressure on adult social care by reducing the pressure on services for vulnerable adults.”

Last year was a particularly important one for Rainbow Fostering since we celebrated our eighteenth anniversary. Over this period, our organisation has grown to become one of the leading fostering service providers in the UK. We like nothing better than to talk to people who are interested in a foster care career. We are always happy to answer any questions about fostering and the process of becoming a foster carer. Perhaps you have a special interest in fostering babies, or fostering children – of any age. There is an urgent need for people to provide foster homes for teenagers. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Call 020 8427 3355 when you feel like finding out more. Remember, there is no pressure, or obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision.

LGA warning has implications for foster care

August 14th, 2017

A stark warning has just been issued by the Local Government Association that the system for providing social care for children in this country is close to breaking point. The LGA represents more than three hundred and seventy councils in England and Wales. This warning has been picked up swiftly by the leading charity, The Fostering Network reacted:

“Like the LGA, we have been concerned for some time that the pressure on children’s social care budgets is becoming unsustainable. We are particularly concerned that budget cuts are having a negative impact on the wellbeing of society’s most vulnerable children, including tens of thousands of fostered children. The results of austerity will have a long-term effect on this generation of children and that must not be allowed to happen.”

The pressure is mounting from all directions on the national fostering stocktake which is underway. This latest warning can only have an influence on this fact finding exercise. The Fostering Network is urging that foster carers be trained, supported and sufficiently remunerated.

As you can see from the above article, there is a real need foster carers in the UK. At Rainbow fostering, we know from the foster children we look after, that our carers make a vital difference to their lives. You could be making this kind of difference. Want to take things further? Then please call us. We would love to hear from you. There are many issues surrounding foster carers: we get asked all sorts of questions – What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? What are the different types of foster care? Can I foster if I have my own children? Whatever the questions you have are, we’ll take the time to help you decide if fostering children and young people will be right for you. There is no pressure, or obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Charities for foster children and care leavers calls for training for teachers

August 10th, 2017

Become and Voices from Care are charities that representing the interests of children in care and young care leavers. They have recently published a report ‘Perceptions of Care’ – the work being funded by the Big Lottery Fund This has researched how children in the care system think other people think about care. One hundred and seventy children, young people as well as care leavers in England and Wales contributed to an online survey as well as giving their views in a focus group. Asked to respond to the statement “people think that it is children’s fault that they are in care”, fifty per cent of children in care and fifty one per cent of care leavers agreed with the statement. Other findings to emerge were that thirty five per cent thought social workers thought children in care are not as clever as other children; only twenty four per cent felt teachers had an understanding of what being in care was like. The Policy and Research Manager at Become, Chloe Cockett, stated “Teachers tirelessly serve children, and they should be provided with the tools to help all of the children in their care no matter what their family background is.” She added: “If we don’t ensure that teachers understand how best to support children in care, then we are depriving those children of the chance to flourish in childhood in the same way that their peers can.”

If you decide to become a foster carer, you could make a lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. So if you are interested in finding out more, do please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are expert in dealing with a wide range of enquiries: some examples of the questions they are asked include – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you have, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you. We apply no pressure, and there is no obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision.

Foster care ruling in Glasgow goes against City Council

August 8th, 2017

Foster carers James and Christine Johnstone have been successful in the tribunal case that they brought against Glasgow City Council. The judgement in their favour deemed that the couple were employees of the council working as carers in the Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care team.

Judge McFatridge said –
“In finding for the claimants in this case I am not in any way making a finding about the status of ordinary mainstream foster carers. What I am saying is that on the basis of the facts in the current case, the claimants were employees of the respondents.” The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, went on the record to state – “Even though this judgement does not set a precedent for all foster carers, it is very clear that there can be no excuse for a ‘business as usual’ attitude towards fostering.”

This ruling will place additional pressure on the four UK governments in a year when foster care provision is under scrutiny. The national fostering stocktake which reports later this year will almost certainly be engaged around the contentious issue of the status and employment rights of foster carers. In the ‘State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2016’ produced by The Fostering Network, there is much evidence to support the fact that many of the nation’s foster carers are feeling aggrieved: “I have fought very hard to get others in the team around me to see me as an equal professional, many social workers – particularly the child’s team – often afford us no respect whatsoever…it’s something that needs improving.”

This is the opinion of one of the 2,530 foster carers in the UK that were surveyed from July to September 2016. Many children and youngsters in this country lack a stable loving home. This inevitably puts at risk their future prospects. If you decide to become a foster carer, you can start making a significant difference to the lives of children who lack a stable environment to grow up in. There can be few things more rewarding than helping vulnerable children and young people to begin to make a success of their lives. Anyone contemplating fostering will have many questions such as how do you foster a child? Can you foster if you are gay? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you have a full time job and still foster? Our aim, without placing any pressure or obligation on you, is to help you to decide if fostering is right for you: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355, we’d love to hear from you.

Long term foster placements coming under pressure

August 3rd, 2017

There is now a rising incidence of long term foster care placements breaking down. The main reason that is given is the failure of Social Services to meet the needs of the placement. This has meant that in certain instances, children have left long term placements to go into residential care. This trend seems to be on the increase across the United Kingdom. Too often foster carers have to fight to access services for their foster children. Having success is dependent upon how much support and time they get from their local authority social worker. Social workers in turn are finding they do not always have the time and resources to manage. The end result is that children are being left without the help they require, and this is adding to the pressure on foster carers.

A stable home to grow up in is something many children and youngsters do not have. Such instability puts their future prospects at risk. Perhaps you can change things for the better for such unfortunate youngsters. If you become a foster carer with Rainbow fostering, you can start making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children. There can be few things more rewarding than helping a young person in difficulties. If you want to find out more about fostering, you can ask us anything – we are asked all sorts of things: What are some specific foster carer requirements? How do you foster a child? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you have a job and still foster? Are you able to foster if you are gay? Our goal, without there being any pressure or obligation, is to help you to determine if fostering might be right for you. We hope you will want to find out more: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 and take the first steps on your fostering journey.

The high rate of repeat referrals could impact on foster care

August 1st, 2017

Research that has been commissioned by the government has revealed that over half of the children referred to social services were then re-referred within five years. This latest study was commissioned by the Department for Education and has indicated that more than fifty percent of children referred to children’s services in the financial year 2011, were referred again in the year ending 2014 – 2015. The report was produced by Dr Patricio Troncoso at Manchester University: it was based on a study group of 498,867 children who were referred within 145 local authorities in 2010 – 2011. By the end of the designated research period, 54.5 percent had been been re-referred at least once.

The report drew a number of conclusions: it stated that “Re-referrals can be costly to local authorities, but more importantly, they can be stressful and harmful to the children themselves, as well as to their parents or guardians,” and that “Potentially, multiple referrals can be detrimental to children’s development, as they may imply prolonged periods of unmet needs and recurrent episodes of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, etc.”

There was acknowledgement in the report that there were a number of potential limitations to the findings. As an example, it stated that it had focused only on one group of children; that different local authorities may have applied thresholds differently and no consideration had been given to instances of children being re-referred multiple times within any particular financial year.

In this country, there are many children and young people who are not fortunate enough to have a stable and loving home. This can seriously limit their future prospects in life. Foster carers can change this. If you become a foster carer, you could make a permanent difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are skilled in dealing with a wide range of enquiries: some examples of the questions they are asked – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care?Can you foster care if you are gay? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are simply here to help you make the right decision.

US travel ban halts foster care programme.

July 31st, 2017

Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban has brought a halt to a programme that places unaccompanied refugee minors. Currently, there are around one hundred refugees that have been matched with foster families in the US who are now stranded. The foster parents who are waiting to receive unaccompanied refugee minors, are hoping for a court ruling that will permit these children to enter the US. The current ban only allows refugees with family ties into the country – effectively halting the programme.

This programme has, since the nineteen-eighties, resulted in over 6,000 refugee children being settled in the country. Two hundred and three unaccompanied refugee minors arrived last year.

Elizabeth Foydel, policy counsel with the International Refugee Assistance Project – a Washington based legal-aid organisation for refugees – stated “These are kids on their own, and struggling to survive.”

This particular programme for refugee children who are unaccompanied, is different from the one set up in 2014 for Central American children fleeing violence in that part of the world. This was begun by President Obama’s administration. A stable, loving home to grow up in is something that many children and youngsters in this country lack. Inevitably, their future prospects are put at risk as compared to other luckier children. There is the possibility that you can change things for the better for such youngsters. If you decide to become a foster carer, you can start making a significant difference to the lives of children who are without a loving home. There can be few things more rewarding than coming to the aid of vulnerable children and young people needing a home. You can ask us anything – we get all sorts of questions: How do you foster a child? Can you have a job and still foster? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Specific foster carer requirements? All we aim to do, without there being any pressure or obligation, is to assist you in deciding if fostering is right for you. We hope you will want to find out more: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.

Survey reveals more Americans are considering children in foster care when looking to adopt

July 26th, 2017

Just as in the UK, a great many foster children in the US suffer from repeated moves from foster placements. This makes it very difficult to settle and can have adverse effects on educational achievement. There is some encouraging news as according to a new survey produced on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, twenty five percent of people who had never previously adopted in the US are now considering it. And of those individuals, around eighty per cent are considering adopting children from foster care. Most encouragingly, this is up seven per cent from 2012 which represents an all-time high. The President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Rita Soronen, stated:

“There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,” she went on to say: “There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,”

At the moment, there are more than 110,000 children in the foster care system in the US who are waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, each year over 20,000 ‘age out’ of foster care. Without ever having had a settled family life, this can put them at significantly increased risk of homelessness and unemployment.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses upon finding adoptive homes for foster children. They are unique in this. They concentrate specifically on finding adopters for teenage children, sibling groups and children with special needs. As in the UK, these are the most difficult groups to find adoptive families for – hence, most of the children that the Foundation is working with have been in foster care for longer than five years.

The survey also found that eighty per cent of Americans are aware that children are likely to be in the foster care system due to some form of abuse or neglect with this being no fault of theirs. The Foundation is especially pleased that the survey has revealed an important shift in attitude: fifty eight per cent agree that every child can be adopted and this is up from fifty one percent in 2012.

At present, there are many children and young people currently without a stable and loving home which seriously damages their future prospects. Could you can change this situation. If you become a foster carer, you will at least know you will have made a lasting difference to the lives of some vulnerable children. If you are interested in finding out how rewarding those can be, contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are used to dealing with a wide range of foster care questions: here are some examples – what is foster care? what particular skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you foster care if you are gay? You may have some different questions! We’ll work hard to help you decide if fostering is for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are here to help you make the right decision.

An innovative project announced will make a difference to foster children in Wales

July 24th, 2017

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has recently announced the launch of the new ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme. It combines the principles of social pedagogy with activities focused around education. These are learning principles taken from the charity’s successful ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ and London Fostering Achievement programmes. The programme is being carried forward in conjunction with Cwm Taf Social Services and the ‘Wellbeing Partnership Board’. This is an innovative programme designed to help foster carers plus all those who work with looked after children, to comprehend and respond ‘holistically’ to the child’s needs and development. At its core, the programme recognises good relationships are central to effectively promoting physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

Colin Turner, The director of The Fostering Network in Wales, Colin Turner, stated: “Improving outcomes for looked after children and young people is central to everything that The Fostering Network does. We know that when foster carers and the other professionals in the lives of looked after children work well together, outcomes improve. Fostering Wellbeing is the latest in a number of important programmes that we run in Wales, and we very much look forward to working with Cwm Taf to take the learning from other programmes.”

The West Government is funding the ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme.

Carl Sargeant is the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children; he stated:

“As part of the work of the Improving Outcomes for Children Ministerial Advisory Group, I’m pleased we are working with The Fostering Network to explore the impact of a holistic approach to caring for children which combines education and care.”

At the moment, there are many children and young people currently without a stable and loving home which seriously damages their future prospects. Could you can change this situation. If you become a foster carer, you will at least know you will have made a lasting difference to the lives of some vulnerable children. If you are interested in finding out how rewarding those can be, contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are used to dealing with a wide range of foster care questions: here are some examples – what is foster care? what particular skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you foster care if you are gay? You may have some different questions! We’ll work hard to help you decide if fostering is for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are here to help you make the right decision.

Liverpool council’s ‘Room for One More’ fostering campaign encourages LGBT community to foster.Leading fostering charity responds to article about carers’ status.

July 19th, 2017

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, has just responded to an article in Community Care – Children’s services directors wary of moves to ‘professionalise’ foster carers – by saying:

“To debate whether or not using the term professional would be appropriate for foster carers is a redundant argument. Foster carers are professionals, bringing the training, skills and experience that they have to the vitally important role of caring for children.”

Kevin Williams went on to say:

“The problem is that, despite the reality, foster carers are too often not being treated as professionals, with a lack of support, respect, remuneration and training. Many of the key messages from foster carers as part of our 2016 State of the Nation’ Foster Care survey revolved around not feeling respected as an equal member of the team around the child.”

The Fostering Charity has made a submission of over 10,000 words to the national fostering stocktake. A significant part of this addresses the issue of how foster carers perceive their status. There is mounting evidence that foster carers feel undervalued and do not get the respect they feel is deserved. There is currently a shortfall of over 9,000 foster families in the UK.

Providing foster care makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children who do not have a stable home. Open your heart…and open your home and you could give a child a future. A bright future! All children should have the opportunity to make something of their lives. Foster carers make this happen. Call 020 8427 3355 to find out more by speaking with one of our advisors. Whatever questions you have, we will happy to provide answers. We do not apply any pressure and place no obligation on you. Some of the questions we get are What is the difference between fostering and adoption? If you are fostering children, is special training needed if you are interested in fostering babies? And even just as simple as what is fostering?

Liverpool council’s ‘Room for One More’ fostering campaign encourages LGBT community to foster.

July 17th, 2017

Matt Henderson-Rood, Mr Gay England, is lending his support to the fostering campaign being run by the Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Council. The ‘Room for One More Campaign’ being run by the council is hoping to encourage more people from the LGBT community to foster. Matt, who will be compering the annual Liverpool Pride has a direct interest in fostering as as he was himself a foster carer for three years.

Matt stated: “We need 9,000 extra foster carers in the UK to cope with the demand of the system and I’ve been working closely with Brighton and Hove Foster team on encouraging more gay people to become involved in fostering.”

There is real pressure to find new foster families as a child is going into care every twenty minutes. Research has been completed, which indicates that if 1 percent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were to either adopt or foster, there would no more children waiting for a home.

You can make a real difference to helping children in this country without a stable home. By fostering, you can provide a child with the kind of security they may never have known. This can improve their prospects and enable them to have a future. The kind of future all young people deserve to have. If you wish to find out more, just call 020 8427 3355 and you can speak with one of our advisors. We get all sorts of questions: what is fostering? What is the difference between fostering and adoption? If you are fostering children, do you need special training if you are interested in fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we will be delighted to take the time to provide answers. We do not apply any pressure and there is no obligation on you. Our intention is to help you make an informed decision as to whether you want to foster.

Leading fostering charity welcomes new chair for Education Committee

July 14th, 2017

The Fostering Network, the leading fostering charity, has welcomed Robert Halfon MP, the new chair of the Westminster Education Committee. This body is cross-party and independent of Government: it scrutinises the work of the Department for Education meaning it has a key role in holding the Government to account. The committee had established a fostering inquiry last year whose work was interrupted due to the general election. The charity will be seeking to meet with the new chair to ensure that this enquiry is completed in time to feed its recommendations into the national fostering stocktake. Amongst other things, the scope of the inquiry covered the recruitment and retention of foster carers, and the capacity of the fostering system, the sufficiency of current recognition, support and recompense given to foster carers, the stability of foster care placements, including the impact of the ‘Staying Put’ initiative since its introduction and what the Government should be considering in its stock take of foster care.

The Government’s national fostering stocktake will be reporting in December. The Fostering Network is one of many organisations that have contributed to it.

There are many children in this country who are currently without a stable and loving home. This seriously disadvantages their future prospects. But you can change this. If you become a foster carer, you will know you will have made a lasting difference to the life of a vulnerable child. What could be more rewarding? If you are interested in finding out more, please call our recruitment team now on 020 8427 3355. They are used to all manner of questions – such as what special skills do you need to have if you are fostering children or fostering babies? what actually is fostering? how long does it take to become a foster carer? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? But you may have different questions! We are always happy to spend the time to provide you with all the information needed for you to decide if fostering is for you. There is no obligation, or pressure applied to you when you call: our goal is to help you reach the right decision.

Review published into working practices and foster care.

July 12th, 2017

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is published this month. This will be a most timely review, coming as it does, in the year of the national fostering stocktake which is the inquiry led by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers into fostering. The stocktake aims to review and report on how the prospects for children in care may be improved through making changes to foster care provision. There will be many who will be interested to see if certain of the Taylor Review’s findings may be applied to the way fostering services are planned and delivered in the UK. The leading charity, The Fostering Network has already signalled that it will be examining the findings with close interest to see how relevant they may be to the national fostering stocktake.

There has been much debate surrounding the remuneration, support and status given to the nations’s foster carers. Their employment rights have been high on the agenda. It is to be hoped that the Taylor Review will make a positive contribution to the discussion. If it can assist in finding ways forward that will satisfy foster carers, then important progress will have been made in what is a crucial year. There are reasons for optimism that the Review will have important repercussions for the current debate around fostering, since it states that its work is based on –
“a single overriding ambition: All work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment.”

Many children in the UK are currently without a stable, loving home to grow up in. This means their future prospects are not as good as those of other more fortunate children. You can change this. If you become a foster carer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you will have made a real difference to the life of a child. It may well be that you are the one person that can offer them hope and a future. What could be more rewarding. If you want to find out more, please call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. We get all sorts of questions: What is fostering? how long does it take to become a foster carer? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? You may have different questions! We are happy to spend the time to provide you with all the information you will need to decide if fostering is for you.

The new children’s minister has priorities spelt out.

July 7th, 2017

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has welcomed the appointment of Robert Goodwill, new the Minister of State for Children and Families in England. The Charity has appealed to the new Minister to make sure that, despite his additional responsibilities, that a real focus on fostering is maintained. Because of the expanded remit, the charity expressed the concern that there could be a “dilution” in the attention that fostering receives.

With over 9,000 new foster families needed in the UK this year, it is essential that fostering and the needs of foster carers, remain high on the agenda. To ensure that this is the case, The Fostering Network has identified four priorities for the new Minister to pay heed to. These are to:
• Focus on the national stocktake currently underway,
• Promote charters – such as the charity’s “Foster Carers’ Charter Campaign’,
• Help children and foster carers to ‘Keep Connected’,
• Introduce staying put minimum allowance.

The charity has registered its concern as in its own words: “the children’s social care sector is currently facing significant challenges which will require the Minister’s undivided attention if a crisis is to be averted.”

If you are currently looking for a leading independent fostering agency, you can call our recruitment team at Rainbow: we’ll be able answer your questions about fostering and help you decide whether it is for you. We provide our applicants and foster carers with outstanding support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please do get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about the many aspects of fostering there are. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Shortage of foster carers for teenagers causing problems in Australia.

July 3rd, 2017

Rainbow Fostering is playing a major part in an international fostering project in India, (detailed on our blog section) consequently, we take a lively interest in the world of fostering beyond the UK. This is because many of the dynamics affecting the delivery of foster care are similar to those in this country. New South Wales has experienced a dramatic rise in the number of children placed in care: over the last ten years, the rate of increase has grown by nearly 60% from 11,844 to 18,659. A significant proportion – over 11,000 – are older children aged between eight and seventeen.
Marist 180 is a non-profit fostering organisation: their foster care manager, Hayley Clisby, reported the situation being experienced in Western Sydney was especially bad; she stated “In some cases we also have children and young people who are put in hotels and motels, which is really sad.” She went on to say that a lot of children do not have a permanent place to call home which means they may well be couch surfing.
Pru Goward is the Community Services Minister and she explained that the ‘ice’ epidemic had played a significant part in the increase in young people placed out-of-home. She expressed the hope that early drugs intervention programmes could help reduce numbers:
“If we could get on top of drug addiction in parents and the violence that comes with it, then I think we could get that trajectory to change direction,” she said.
In the UK today, just as in Australia, we are urgently seeking people to come forward and provide homes for children – especially people interested in fostering teenagers. A lot of these young people really have had a difficult time and the offer of a secure, loving and stable home could make all the difference to them. Rainbow will, give anyone who wants to foster the best in training and support. This will always be there for every day of the year – round the clock. It’s easy to find out if you have what it takes: call our dedicated experts in the recruitment team here on 020 8427 3355. They will be delighted to answer your questions. The kinds of questions we are routinely asked cover long does it take to become a foster carer? What is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I am single? If you are gay or straight, or any ethnicity, we want to hear from you. Change your life and the life of a child today.

Oregon children staying in hotels while awaiting foster homes

June 30th, 2017

As Rainbow Fostering is playing a major part in an International fostering project in India, we take an interest in what is happening in relation to fostering beyond these shores. In the US, fostering is hitting the headlines again: more than 130 children in Oregon have been put up in hotels or offices and left with unlicensed carers whilst they wait for permanent foster homes to be found. One 5 year old it has emerged was in a hotel for a total of 55 days. Coming under criticism the state has responded by stating that whilst they have 7,424 foster care children it is a “small minority” who have experienced this type of temporary lodging. This was the line taken by Carla A. Scott, who is an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice. She went on to state:
“The fact that a limited number of children may experience temporary lodging in a hotel each night is not enough to show that the same is likely to happen to thousands of other children.”
It was also argued by the state that some teenagers had preferred staying a hotel rather than taking up a foster care placement. CASA is a non-profit advocacy group for children and their lawyers filed a lawsuit last September against the Human Services Department, which has alleged that the state’s temporary lodging practice violated the rights of two young girls.
Many children and young people currently need a stable, secure and loving home in the UK. Should you become a foster carer, you can start to help children; many of whom have had a tough time. And you can be the person who makes a real difference to their future. Many children do present with challenging behaviour, but Rainbow provides training, guidance and support to help you make a success of fostering. If you wish to discover more about giving a child a future call our expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will explain just how incredibly rewarding fostering can be. Typical questions that are asked are about what is fostering? The fostering allowance and how long does it take to become a foster carer? The different skills needed if you are fostering babies or fostering children are common subjects we are asked about.

Massachusetts foster parents fighting for a bill of rights.

June 28th, 2017

Just as our own National Fostering Stocktake is underway in the UK which is looking into the status and rights of foster carers in the UK, foster parents in Massachusetts are saying that they don’t feel represented within their system. Quira Deng, a former foster parent stated “We’re tired of feeling like they’re taking advantage of us…like we’re a babysitter,”

Foster parents have been reporting that they are not being given enough information about a child before it arrives in their home. Crucial details such as health problems, or potential safety issues are not, they feel, being provided.

“We don’t feel like we’re part of a team we don’t feel…like nobody regards us at all,” was the feeling of one foster carer. Such sentiments have led to the pressure for this bill of rights. One of the key elements in the bill will be better communication. It will require the Department of Children and Families to accurately profile a child before placement. This will cover family background, behaviour, general health and how many times the child or young person has been moved before the placement.

There are a great many children and young people currently needing a home in the UK. Become a foster carer and you can start to help children who have not had the best start in life. You can make a real difference to their future. Children can often present with challenging behaviour, but we provide the guidance, training and support so you can help them to settle and start to make something of their lives. This is incredibly rewarding! If you wish to discover more about giving a child a future call our expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Typical questions we get cover the fostering allowance, how long does it take to become a foster carer? what is fostering? The different skills needed if you are fostering children or fostering babies is something we give advice on. We would especially like to hear from people who have an interest in fostering teenagers.

A global focus on improvements to fostering.

June 27th, 2017

An International Foster Care Conference has recently been held in Greece. There are likely to be ramifications around the world for fostering. Mary Theodoropoulou, of the Roots Research Center, which led the conference, said that “Foster care is a strategy in Greece for only a few children”.

The intention is to start to assess the different ways that foster care is delivered in different nations. It has been recognised there is a long way to go since it was accepted that there is a lack of protection under Human Rights laws for children around the world. This is a problem even before considering the design and implementation of models to ensure the smooth delivery of fostering services.

In India, for example – where Rainbow Fostering are involved in the development of a uniform fostering service delivery model – the problems are on a large scale. In this country, the population stands at 1.3 billion and any kind of foster care system is practically unknown. In the past, the system for childcare in India, relied on a wide range of different institutions. This meant that care could not be provided in a standardised way, making it impossible to measure outcomes. Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, is with CERI (Children’s Emergency Relief International) and is working to establish India’s first foster care system in conjunction with other key stakeholders such as Rainbow Fostering. Ian Anand Forber-Pratt stated – “The Indian child protection system is rapidly developing to include the concept of family based care. The transition has to consider historically entrenched hierarchies, caste divisions, religious ideologies and cultural practices. In our country, social change will happen slowly.”

If you want to work with a leading independent fostering agency and you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: we’ll provide you with complete information about what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and foster carers with high quality support and training. Support is in place around the clock. So if you are now giving serious thought to fostering children, teenagers or possibly fostering babies, please feel free to get in touch. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering.

National Fostering Stocktake deadline passes

June 23rd, 2017

The deadline for submissions to the National Fostering Stocktake was passed on the 16th June.
Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers are leading the inquiry and the findings are due to be released in December. The Stocktake aims to examine how the prospects for children and young people in care can be improved by making changes to the way foster care is delivered. Views have been
sought from stakeholders along with academics, practitioners, foster carers, children in care and children and adults who have left care.

A whole range of aspects of fostering are being looked into including the role, status and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals. This is one area for which consideration is long overdue and bears directly on the recruitment and retention of foster carers.

Make a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person as a foster carer. We provide applicants and foster carers with outstanding training and support. So if you are interested in fostering children or fostering babies or teenagers, call 020 8427 3355 today and speak with a member of our friendly recruitment team. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a broad range of information about foster care.

The Queen’s birthday honours recognises Foster Carers

June 22nd, 2017

The important work that foster carers do up and down the country taking care of vulnerable children and young people has been recognised in this year’s birthday honours list. It is heartening to see that the work of fostering has been given prominence. It is especially important that the selfless work foster carers do is singled out for recognition. At the present time, it is proving hard to recruit new people into fostering, so bringing this important work to national attention is particularly welcome.

The achievements of one foster carer in our locality are typical of the committed and dedicated work of all those foster carers who have been honoured.

Sonia Evans is a foster carer from Wembley in North-West London and she has just been awarded an MBE for services to children and families in Kensington and Chelsea. Whilst fostering, she has cared for thirteen families and their birth families and provided support for young people to enable them to prepare for independent life.

We congratulate all foster carers in the country who have been recognised for their work this year!

As a foster carer, you can start making a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person. Give our friendly team a call and we’ll chat about what fostering involves. You can be reassured that we provide applicants and foster carers with outstanding training and support. Could you be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ general information about the role of a foster carer: you might wish to know about foster carer requirements or how long does it take to become a foster carer. Remember, our friendly approachable team is here to answer all your questions.

Rights for foster carers on the agenda

June 21st, 2017

Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers were appointed earlier this year to carry out a National Fostering Stocktake by the Secretary of State for Education. This aims primarily to look into “the status, role and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals as part of the team working with a child in care”. This will be wide ranging and has resulted in The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain, which has, since September 2016, been representing foster care in the UK. The union is requesting that Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers consider the employment rights of foster carers.

The union is working to increase recruit more foster carers: they are also looking to standardise procedures to allow carers to foster with more than one local authority. The intention is also to introduce a foster care workers rights bill before parliament which “would allow foster carers trade union representation in disciplinary hearings, give them statutory protection for whistleblowing, and guarantee paid holidays.”

Become a foster carer and start making a real difference to the life of a child or young person. Rainbow Fostering are a leading independent fostering agency: you can give our friendly team a call and we’ll be happy to have a chat about what fostering children involves.We provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the highest standard. Please, if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and discover what the next steps are. Call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot of general information about foster care covering what is fostering? the fostering allowance, types of fostering and foster care requirements as examples of topics we are regularly asked about.

New short film focuses on siblings

June 19th, 2017

A short three minute film has just been released focusing on siblings. It emphasises the importance of striving to keep siblings together. As there is a national shortage of over 9,000 foster families – the film also calls for more foster carers who are willing to have siblings. The film called ‘Giants’ features the story of Jack and Ellie – brother and sister – who end up in the care system but want to be fostered together. The project follows the success of a short film made in 2015 by Coventry City Council to create awareness of the life changing difference foster carers can make to vulnerable children and young people. This film has involved support from thirteen local authorities: these are Worcestershire, Birmingham, Telford and Wrekin, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Derby and Traffordshire, Leicestershire, Leicester City, Sandwell and Stoke.

If you are now seriously giving thought to becoming a foster carer and making a difference to a child/young person’s life, consider Rainbow Fostering. We are a leading independent fostering agency committed to always being there for our foster carers and children. Simply give our friendly team at Rainbow a call and we’ll be able to put you in the picture. Our friendly team will be able to tell you all about fostering and what you can expect. We always aim to provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the very highest standard. Please, if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and discover what the next steps are. Call 020 8427 3355 today or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot of general information about fostering.

Shortage of foster carers in Devon

June 15th, 2017

There are over nine thousand new foster families needed in the UK this year. Devon is the latest county to flag up a shortage of foster carers. Families are being urged to think about fostering because in the last six months alone, two hundred children have been referred to an IFA (independent fostering agency). Breaking this number down; there were forty one sibling groups, sixteen parent and child referrals and fifty nine children and young persons with specific needs.
The current situation is one where there are no vacancies available for forty six individuals.

There is an upcoming event to be held by the agency for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer on June 27, starting from 6pm to 9pm at Headway Devon, The XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter.

If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency because you have been considering fostering, call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: we’ll be more than happy to provide you with information about what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and foster carers with the very best in support and training. Once you are an approved carer with us, that support is twenty-four seven. So if you are giving serious thought to fostering children, teenagers or maybe even fostering babies, please get in touch. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering couple retire after 52 years

June 14th, 2017

Alongside our international fostering project in India, of which we will have more to report in the coming weeks, we like to keep an eye out for other stories from abroad that show that we have so much in common with the great work other foster carers are doing for young people.

A couple in Indiana are retiring after fostering children for 52 years. The pair, Fred and Barb Freeman, have pictures over their walls of all the children that they have cared for.
As it is here in the UK, Fred – who is aged 85 – said

“One of the main things we’ve learned is the general public has no idea of how much need there is out there,”

No one can dispute the tremendous work the couple have done over the years: they estimate that they have fosterer nearly 150 to 300 children over the five decades they have been looking after children. The Freeman’s had three of their own birth children and eventually went on to adopt three of the children they had fostered.

If you are currently searching for a leading independent fostering agency, don’t hesitate to contact our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering: we’ll help you to know what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training at every stage of their application – and beyond. So, remember, if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies call 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot more general information about fostering.

More money needed for fostering in the US

June 9th, 2017

Proving that issues that impact on fostering services can be universal, lawmakers in California are now investigating the need for more funding for fostering. It is not just the UK that finds its fostering system under strain. In California, they are finding that more infants and toddlers are entering the state foster care system. Lawmakers there are now considering making emergency funding available. This has been proposed by Tony Thurmond, who is a Democrat from Richmond: the idea is to create a short-term assistance program offering vouchers that families could use for child care when they receive a new foster child or young person. The vouchers could be valid for a six month period. This to give parents time to apply for other subsidies/benefits or to reorganize their work patterns. Tony Thurmond stated:

“Kids need to be supported by nurturing families, whether that’s their relative caregiver or foster parent,” says Thurmond. “This is an important resource in helping them make that match and that connection happen.”

Lots of people think about fostering but feel it is not for them for a whole series of reasons. We find that if people talk to us, we can give them the information that enables them to see that fostering can be an option for them. So we would encourage anyone who is considering fostering to give us a call here at Rainbow. We have a friendly Recruitment Team who are knowledgeable about all the issues relating to fostering: call 020 8427 3355 for an informal chat. Common enquiries we receive relate to fostering children, fostering babies, what experience do you need to foster and fostering allowance and benefits. We welcome applications from people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. We have a lot more general information about fostering at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Information evening for potential foster carers.

June 6th, 2017

An informal evening to which anyone who might be potentially interested in fostering, is being held by Staffordshire County Council. It starts at 7pm and is on at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock on Wednesday. The cabinet member for children and young people at Staffordshire County Council, Mark Sutton, stated:
“Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you can do and can give a young person the chance of a better start in life. Lots of our foster families tell us it’s the best thing they have ever done and gives them the feeling that they are making a real difference.”

This special information evening will comprise of an informal presentation about fostering. This will be given by a Social Worker with expertise in fostering. A question and answer session with current foster carers will then follow the presentation. There will be the chance, over coffee, to discuss with foster carers what their experiences are as well as to learn what training and support is made available.

If you are looking for advice, Rainbow is a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give our friendly team at Rainbow a call; we’ll be able to tell you all about fostering. We always aim to provide applicants and foster carers alike with support and training of the highest standard. So if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and we’ll tell you how what the next steps are. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering.

Scottish independent Care Review draws a response

June 1st, 2017

Kevin Williams, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, has responded to the launch of the independent Care Review saying:

“We welcome the launch of the Care Review and look forward to continuing to support Fiona Duncan as chair and working with the group to share the views of our members in Scotland.

‘It is fantastic to see such a comprehensive plan for the review, which will consider legislation, practices, culture and ethos, as well as consulting looked after young people and those involved in their care. Including this broad range of opinions is essential to improving outcomes for all looked after children and young people.”

Kevin Williams, however, also went on to say that he hoped the review would “not further prolong” the Scottish Governments inaction on a now ten year old pledge to introduce minimum fostering allowances. Implementing this would signal a readiness to match the level of commitment children being fostered in the other countries of the UK receive. This action would reinforce the sentiments of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister –

“Every young person should have an equal opportunity to succeed in life, no matter their circumstances.”

If you want to talk with a leading independent fostering agency, please give our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering a call: we’ll let you know what is involved in fostering children and young people. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training throughout their fostering journey. Simply call us today on 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot more general information about what is involved in fostering. Please remember – take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Leicestershire couple celebrates 45 years of fostering

May 31st, 2017

Two foster carers have just celebrated a remarkable four and a half decades fostering children.
The pair, Tricia and Norm, have during this time provided foster care for over 200 children. It is their hope that marking their achievement will inspire more people to consider fostering. The county council; like so many, is under pressure to recruit more foster carers. The couple were presented with a long- service award at a council event all about celebrating the work of their foster carers.

The assistant director for children and family services from Leicestershire County Council is Sharon Cooke: she said of the couple –

“Tricia and Norm are wonderful examples of what fostering is all about, they have touched the lives of hundreds of children and young people in Leicestershire.”

If you are searching for a leading independent fostering agency, please give our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering a call: we’ll let you know what is involved in fostering children. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Just call 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering news from around the world

As previously reported, Rainbow International is engaged in moving forward with creating the first fostering resource in India. This is a country with 20 million orphans. As enormous as this number is, it has to be remembered that there are children and young people the world over who need loving and stable homes. Right now in Singapore, more and more children and young people are on a national foster scheme being run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. But, just as is the case in the UK, there is a pressing need for foster parents to care for older children and those with special needs. This year saw the Committee of Supply debating the issue: Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, reporting that an increasing number of children were being placed on the national foster scheme. In 2013, there were 243 foster families – in 2016 this had risen to 420 – representing an increase of seventy three percent. He also drew specific attention to the need to find foster parents for teenagers and children with special needs:

“Older children generally have a bit more awareness and the maturity to understand things around them,” explained Amina Maisara, a senior foster care officer with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). “They would have gone through more and seen more of their family environment. And on top of that, children over 12 would also have typical teenage issues which could be a bit of a challenge.”

Many people consider fostering but never take it further as they think it is a complex process. It isn’t! At Rainbow we make it simple and rewarding. We are always on hand to provide twenty four hour support to our foster carers. And we provide the very best in training, so people can really move their fostering careers forward. So, if you want to have a friendly, informal chat with absolutely no commitment, please ring our friendly and expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. We always welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and ethnicities. We have more general information about fostering children available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Council launches new foster scheme

May 24th, 2017

A new fostering scheme has been launched by Bridgebd County Borough Council which is all about helping vulnerable parents and their children stay together as a family. Styled the ‘Parent and Child’ scheme, the intention is for it to offer a supportive lifeline for parents – who together with their child, will be accommodated in a foster carer’s home for up to 12 weeks. This scheme will enable foster carers to assist parents with developing skills in a supportive environment.
The council’s corporate director for social services and wellbeing, Sue Cooper, said –

“With many parents needing this extra support to care for their child, we are calling on residents to think about becoming a ‘parent and child’ foster carer.
This scheme is for parents who really want to learn to be a good parent, but they may just need extra care and guidance in order to have the right parenting skills to look after their children.”

The scheme has been launched by the council as a response to the rising number of placement referrals being received. Foster Carers will be offered additional training and support to help parents develop the all important parenting skills needed to create strong bonds with their children. Close support from social care professionals will also be provided.

Last year was a very important one for Rainbow Fostering: we celebrated our eighteenth anniversary. Over this period, our organisation has become one of the leading fostering service providers. We love to talk to people who are becoming interested in foster care, and are always happy to answer any questions people have. Perhaps you have a special interest in fostering babies, or fostering children of any age. There is a real demand presently for people to provide foster homes for teenagers. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Call 020 8427 3355 when you feel like finding out more: you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for general information about foster care.

Dundee foster carers honoured

May 22nd, 2017

A Dundee couple, Robin and Sandra Smith, aged 77 and 75 respectively, have just been honoured at the Dundee City Chambers. They were amongst a group of foster carers to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. The special ‘Long Service Celebration’ was organised by the family placement team at the council. This was done as part of Foster Care Fortnight which finished on Friday – organised by the leading charity – The Fostering Network.

Sandra and Robin have fostered babies up to the age of one since the couple were in their early thirties. Sandra said that “foster caring had never felt like work because it was so rewarding.”
In all the couple have fostered over one hundred and seventy five children.
Rainbow are an independent fostering agency (IFA) with a presence in London and fostering uk. Please get in touch if you wish to foster. We will be more than happy to provide all the advice and up to the minute guidance we have gained from our fostering network. Rainbow have recently celebrated their eighteenth anniversary – our experience of fostering is second to none. So if you have an interest in fostering children, or fostering babies – or teenagers would like to chat with you. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And we have a range of interesting blogs covering fostering issues.

Foster Carers of the year in Northern Ireland announced

May 19th, 2017

A couple, William and Valerie Newell were nominated by their two foster children and received the accolade from The Fostering Network on Saturday 13th May at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast.

The selection panel were reported to have been “blown away” by the accounts of the couple who have fostered children with complex behavioural and emotional problems, sibling groups and many babies. Thus they have done whilst raising their own three children

The director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, said –
“William, Valerie and all of our winners are shining examples of how foster care can transform children’s lives. It is thanks to them and thousands of other foster carers that children can feel supported and happy. We are pleased to be honouring them all tonight and saying we are proud to support fostering, celebrating those people who devote their lives to helping children and young people.”

Rainbow are an independent fostering agency (IFA) with a presence in London and fostering uk. Contact us if you wish to foster. We are happy to provide all the advice and up to the minute guidance gained from our fostering network. If you are interested in fostering children, or fostering babies, please get in touch. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Leading charity makes appeal for under 35s to become foster carers

May 17th, 2017

The Fostering Network is the leading fostering charity; during the second week of its high profile national campaign – Foster Care Fortnight – it is encouraging the under 35’s to become foster carers. Less than 5% of carers are aged under 35, yet this group makes up about 20% of the total UK population. Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated –

“Older foster carers bring life experience and skills from other work to fostering, and do an amazing job in providing homes for thousands of fostered children. However, given the need for over 7,000 more foster families in 2017, it’s vital that we also reach out to more people under 35 who are heavily under-represented among foster carers”

Rainbow are a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give the recruitment team here a call and we’ll put you in the picture about what fostering involves. Our goal is to provide our applicants and foster carers with high quality support and training. If you have been giving thought to the idea of fostering children – please contact us and we’ll inform you what the next stages are. Simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. One more thing, if you get the time, please remember to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Essex – the latest authority appealing for foster carers

May 15th, 2017

Essex County Council is hoping that Foster Care Fortnight will help them find few foster families in the area. Like many authorities, they are caught in the cycle of existing foster carers retiring whilst the demand for foster homes remains high. Around a hundred new foster families are needed in 2017.There is a definite need to raise awareness and crucially to inspire a new generation of people to become interested in taking care of vulnerable children.

Existing foster carers are also joining the effort by sharing their pictures of the #bearincare aiming to heighten awareness of the need for more carers and the difference they make to the lives of children and young people. The ‘Elf on the Shelf’ fad has inspired the initiative: social workers and foster carers take pictures of the bear in different parts of the county. The images are then shared on social media. The goal is to raise over a thousand pounds for Essex Foster Care Association, which works to support foster families in Essex.

If you are looking for advice, we are a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give the recruitment team at Rainbow a call and we’ll be able to let you know what fostering involves. We aim to provide our applicants and foster carers with support and training of the highest standard. So if you think you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and we’ll tell you how what the next steps are. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. If you can, please remember to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Now Wales signals shortage of foster carers

May 10th, 2017

The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network; as part of their annual Foster Care Fortnight, has revealed at least 440 new foster care families were now needed in Wales.

Colin Turner, the director of The Fostering Network based in Wales, stated:

“Without more foster families in Wales coming forward during 2017, and especially people who could foster teenagers and sibling groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from family,”

An additional survey has highlighted that ninety seven percent of fostering services based in the UK, have a pressing need for foster homes for teenagers. The figure for sibling groups from the same survey was six percent for sibling groups. Colin Turner also reported that such a shortage was unfortunate as it resulted in children being split up from siblings – as well as friends.
Around fifty four percent of children needing homes in Wales were older than ten – most of them are teenagers. Official figures now available reveal that the number of children going into the care system in Wales has risen over the last five years – up twenty four percent.

If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency, give the recruitment team at Rainbow a call: we’ll be able to let you know all that is involved in fostering. We provide our applicants and foster carers with the very best in support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Channel Island ‘significantly short’ of foster carers

May, 9th 2017

A major effort is underway in both bailiwicks to find people to come forward and become foster children. This is timed with the launch of The Fostering Network’s 2017 ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers. The campaign last year helped to find an extra five families in Jersey. Margarida Olivier, Publicity Officer at Fostering & Adoption, Jersey stated:

“We want to raise awareness of foster care in the community and encourage people to open their hearts and homes to local children. Foster care is challenging but incredibly rewarding; it can help turn children’s lives around and establish hope for their future.”

The authorities in Jersey have reported that at least another ten families willing to foster are now needed to meet the needs of children on the island. There is currently a ‘significant’ shortage of foster families in the island of Guernsey, however the authorities there say they are aiming to recruit foster parents for children with specific needs.

Rainbow Fostering are now urgently looking for people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds, who might have an interest in becoming foster parents. The rewards are good and we are always on hand for any questions you might have have. So if you are really seriously thinking about fostering children or fostering babies – or would like information on the different types of fostering you could consider – please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) they receive range over areas such as – advice on foster care payments; foster care requirements as well as how long does it take to become a foster carer? Whatever your inquiry, we’ll do our best to help.

It’s also worth visiting the rest of our Rainbow website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Foster Care Fortnight begins with a ‘Thunderclap’

May, 8th 2017

Today sees the start of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’. It is the biggest awareness raising campaign about fostering in the UK. It is managed and delivered by the country’s leading foster care charity – The Fostering Network. The campaign has now been running for almost twenty years. The goal is to raise the profile of fostering and demonstrate how fostering really does transform lives. This annual campaign is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment drive: in the next 12 months, 9,070 new foster families are urgently being sought. There is a pressing need to find people to come forward and foster teenagers, disabled children, sibling groups and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
On the 8th of May a ‘Thunderclap’ will take place to start Foster Care Fortnight with a real bang.
Social media is now a vital part of raising awareness and a ‘Thunderclap’ is a coordinated mass social media posting to emphasize a particular message to a large audience. The message for this year is the ‘transformational power of fostering’.

How long does it take someone to become a foster carer? And what is involved in fostering children, or teenagers? Consider: what are the differences if you are fostering babies? Here at Rainbow Fostering, these are a few of the many questions we are often asked. Our recruitment team is always delighted to answer these and any other questions you may have. Fostering is certainly a life changing step – we are here to provide support at all times. There is a shortage of over 9,070 foster families in the UK: we now seek applications from people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds to become foster carers. Call us today on 020 8427 3355. Remember, if you care…foster care!

Education fostering inquiry meets

May, 5th 2017

The third evidence session for the Education Committee’s fostering inquiry has now taken place.
During the session, various topics relating to fostering were examined in detail: educational outcomes for children in care, concerns relating to special guardianship orders and scrutiny of whether the system for commissioning placements remains fit for purpose, were all explored.

The Committee will, as part of its remit, be investigating projects currently being piloted as part of the Department of Education’s ‘Innovation Programme’. The chair of the meeting, Neil Carmichael, announced to the Committee members that the fostering inquiry will be postponed until later in the year as a result of the general election being called.

Rainbow Fostering are looking right now for people from all backgrounds to consider becoming foster carers. We are always glad to answer any questions you might wish to ask regarding fostering. So, if you might have been seriously considering offering a stable, loving home to a vulnerable child or young person, please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.
We are proud to have a community of foster carers with longstanding service with Rainbow. It is possible, as part of the application process, to meet with our experienced carers: this provides great insight into what fostering involves.

Urgent call for foster carers in Derry

May 4th, 2017

The WesternTrust has issued an urgent appeal to find new carers to address the growing need for foster homes. The demand for placements is continuing to grow. The appeal has been timed to coincide with the launch of ‘Fostering Fortnight’ from 08 May to 21 May. Pat Armstrong the Head of Fostering Services for the Western Trust recognised the dedication and commitment of foster carers: speaking in front of ninety foster carers at a recent celebration organised by the Trust, she stated – “The Western Trust Fostering Service is highly committed to training foster carers in how to re-parent children in care using a ‘Model of Attachment (MAP) practice.”

She stressed the unique and special relationships formed by a child with their caregiver. The importance was emphasised of focusing upon the child and not the behaviour exhibited.

Over 9,000 new foster families are needed across the UK. This is yet more evidence that the pressure is mounting to find foster carers to offer stable loving homes for vulnerable children.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds to consider foster caring. We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding fostering. If you are giving serious consideration to providing a stable, loving home, please call our friendly recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.
We are proud to have many carers with longstanding service with Rainbow: the support, training and guidance we offer is second to none.

Findings from the Social Care Institute for Excellence have repercussions for fostering

May 3rd, 2017

Research has shown that children who are being fostered have a “consistently lower level of academic achievement than other children. They are much less likely than other children to obtain GCSEs and A levels, or to go on to further education.” The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) found back in 2014 that “foster children want the same things in life as nearly all children: success at school, a good job, a happy family and children. School and education are very important to them as a first step to achieving these ambitions.” Children in care confront obstacles that militate against this: the main one is the disruption to their education that they are likely to face. Foster children often move schools frequently. This can have happened even before they come into care, or once in care, their placement is too far from their original school. SCIE are now proposing that there is more ‘joined up thinking’ between foster carers, school as well as social services. This is vital as it is well documented that stable placements enable foster children to have a greater chance of educational success.

How long does it take to become a foster carer? What is involved in fostering children or teenagers? What are the differences if you are fostering babies? at Rainbow these are just some of the many questions we are frequently asked. Our recruitment team will be delighted to answer any questions you have. Fostering is a life changing step and we are here to provide support at all times. There is a shortage of over 9,000 foster families in the UK: we seek applications from people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Call us today on 020 8427 3355 – if you care…foster care!

Earnings vary depending on the type and number of placements over a year. carers with therapeutic care training looking after children with complex needs are paid at a higher rate.