Foster Care Fortnight
10th - 23rd May 2021
Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community.
The theme for the fortnight will be #WhyWeCare.
The Fostering Network wants the whole fostering community, from foster carers to fostering services and care experienced children and young people, from fundraisers to campaigners, and everyone in between who cares about the lives of children in care to step up and tell the world #WhyWeCare.
Why I care about fostering...
Quotes from the Horse the Boy the Fox and the mole by Charlie Mackesy which encompass why I care:
"Have you met others who have struggled?"
"I've never met anyone who hasn't" said the horse.
"What has been the most beautiful experience of your life?"
"Knowing I wasn't alone" said the horse
"What do you think success is?" asked the Mole
"To love" said the Boy
I have struggled in life and faced many challenges but I have never felt alone and have always been surrounded by love. This gives me the empathy and desire to relate to others and bring them HOPE for their future.
- DG, foster carer
Great news! Phoenix Fostering are using Mind of My Own apps.
Better care happens when children are better listened to. Mind Of My Own Apps help make this happen by giving children and young people a voice.
Mind of my own is an app that collects the views, wishes and feelings of young people, directly from young people.
We need your miles! 874 miles, together we can achieve...
walk, jog, run or cycle with us...
We are so pleased to be able to show off this fantastic artwork from
Adam, aged 12!
My foster carers are there when I need them
My home feels like a home, and I like the things I have in it.
They are great foster carers, and support me to get everything I need.
Some things children have said about being with Phoenix
I have the love and support I need.
I am very happy where I live.
We are recruiting
We need Foster Carers throughout the West Midlands!
Happy Social Work Week 2021
We are celebrating all the amazing social workers and the fantastic job they do. For more info click here.
We are also advertising for an awesome supervising social worker to join our team (newly qualified welcome to apply)
'Children benefit from high levels of permanency; very few disruptions; minimal safeguarding concerns, and excellent attention to their education and emotional progress.'
‘I can personally vouch for Phoenix Fostering, recommending them to anyone considering fostering a young person. They have a very child centred ethos, a very professional team including a child psychologist, youth support workers and social workers. They provide excellent support to their foster carers and if need be carers birth children, who can often find having foster brothers and sisters equally as challenging as it is rewarding. They always try to match children to potential foster carers to, as far as possible try to encourage long term placements. (there will of course always be foster placements that are short term by design as well). When I first approached Phoenix they did not make any promises, they were very very honest about the rigorous selection procedure, stating clearly that not everyone who applies is deemed suitable. They worked closely with all my family during the selection process and once accepted, through the matching process. The staff from Phoenix we work with although thoroughly professional in what they do, are like family friends, always available to offer advice and give support or suggestions as required. If you have ever considered fostering, give them a call and have a chat, it only takes a few minutes of your time to find out more’
- NF, Foster Carer
'I've got so many people around me, helping me. I'll stay here'
- anonymous, young person fostered through Phoenixr