Foster Care Fortnight, the Fostering Network’s annual campaign aimed at raising the profile of fostering, provides an opportunity for fostering services up and down the country to get out into their communities and speak to potential new foster carers. In 2014 the campaign was extra special because the Fostering Network was also celebrating 40 years as the leading charity for all those involved in foster care throughout the UK.
Jackie Sanders, head of media and campaigns at the Fostering Network, said, “This year’s campaign engaged people across the UK and shared information, knowledge and experiences of fostering. The fostering community really demonstrated the positive effect that foster carers can have on children in care.
“We were thrilled with how local fostering services used the 2014 guess who fosters theme to engage with their communities, both on and offline to target the foster carers they need. What is essential now is that the hard work continues to turn the right enquiries into applications, and applications into foster carers.
“We can’t wait for Foster Care Fortnight 2015 campaign, and we do hope you’ll join us in making it bigger and better than ever.”
A series of resources will be available for fostering services in the Fostering Network’s membership in the run up to the campaign. To keep up to date with plans for Foster Care Fortnight 2015, and with recruitment and retention news throughout the year, fostering services can subscribe to the Fostering Network’s free Attracting and Keeping Carers blog. This monthly blog contains information and updates on local and regional activities and events to support the development of recruitment and retention strategies.
To subscribe to Attracting and Keeping Carers, contact James Foyle, recruitment and retention consultant at the Fostering Network.