Thursday 18 February 2021


February 19th is #CareDay21. Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. It’s an opportunity to unite in celebrating the rights and resilience of care experienced children and young people, their stories and their achievements. 

Lydia and James have been fostering with Brighton and Hove for nearly 6 years and have written about their young person Vinnie. This is a wonderful way for them to share Vinnies achievements and to tell us a little about who he is as a young person.

The following is their own words.

Friday 20 November 2020

Brighton & Hove City Council know that the decision to become a Foster Carer can take years, and a lot of careful thought, consideration and research. Foster Carers have a shared motivation and desire to make a difference but come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and often choose to begin their fostering journey at unique and differing life stages. Many will hold back until the ‘time is right’, so here we look at some of the most common fostering circumstances.

Friday 2 October 2020

Picure by D's foster brother, aged 7

Today was a different way of fostering. A way of life that we never imagined we would be living in.

As the world changed and the Coronavirus Pandemic spread wildly across the planet, the country went into Lockdown. The Schools were closed, D’s Nursery was closed, and there could be no face to face contact with D’s family. We were to stay in our homes and isolate ourselves to keep us safe. The days had drastically changed, but we made the best of what we had.

Friday 25 September 2020

Picure by D's foster brother, aged 9

Today was the day we had all been looking forward to. A highlight in the fostering calendar. The Fostering Christmas Party!

Every December, the Fostering Team work hard to put on a wonderful party for all the Foster Carers, children and families and this was to be our first one.

Friday 18 September 2020

Picure by D's foster brother, aged 7

Today, I had a meeting booked with my Supervising Social Worker (SSW). She was coming to visit D and myself in our home. These visits happened about every 6 weeks, and we arranged them at a mutually convenient time for us both.

D had had contact this morning, so I’d planned a time after that, but before the school run, so we could chat with D present without the distraction of the big kids. Visits usually involved my birth children, as it is good for them to feel that any concerns they have are listened to too.