Tuesday 7 November 2017

We want our carers to feel as confident and prepared in their fostering roles as possible so they can offer the best support for our looked after children. We offer a huge variety of training; some which is compulsory and some which is optional. Our foster carers tell us they find the training courses informative and insightful; and that what they have learnt has helped them not only with fostering but in all aspects of their lives. Research has shown that continuous training and development of foster carers ensures the best support for our looked after children which is essential.

Monday 30 October 2017

How we support you and your family in your fostering role. 

At Brighton and Hove City Council we believe training and support is vital to ensuring are foster carers and their families are equipped to provide the very best care for our looked after children.

In addition to the training we provide (we’ll go into this in more detail in our next blog), here are the ways we support you and facilitate invaluable peer support with other carers.

Supervising social worker & 24 hour out of hours support

Monday 16 October 2017

We know that the number one barrier to fostering is how potential foster carers believe it might affect their relationship with their birth children, but it can in fact be a rewarding and positive experience for the whole family. The children of our foster carers do an incredible job in helping their foster brothers and sisters settle in and feel welcome. They share their homes, their parents and their time, and the success of a placement is often due to their generosity and kindness in making sure their foster brothers and sisters feel at welcome.

Monday 9 October 2017

As part of our blog series chatting to LGBT foster carers, we sit down with Matt Rood who has recently been crowned Mr Gay Europe. Matt used to foster with his husband and has been generating amazing awarenes with his campaign 'Pride Families' promoting fostering and adoption within the LGBT community. 

How long did you foster and how many children did you look after?

Myself and my ex husband fostered for three years and in that time looked after 5 young people.

Why did you decide to foster?

Monday 2 October 2017

As part of our LGBT series of blogs, we speak to foster carer Simon (50) who has been fostering teenagers with his partner Rob (also 50) for 4 years.

How long have you been fostering and how many children have you fostered so far?

We’ve been fostering male teenagers and unaccompanied asylum seekers for 4 years and have looked after 5 children, mostly on long term respite arrangements where we have them every weekend and during the school holidays.

Why did you decide to foster?