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 will be extra special because the Fostering Network will also be 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, “Foster Care Fortnight 2013 engaged people across the UK with so many spreading the word about the amazing work that foster carers do, and the positive effect they can have of the lives of children in care.
“We were delighted with how local fostering services used the 2013 get in the frame theme to engage with their communities, both on and offline. What is essential now is that the hard work continues to turn enquiries into applications, and applications into approvals.
“Foster Care Fortnight 2013 also helped to secure fostering back on the news agenda, and the work that has followed it, such as the Fostering Network’s Don’t Move Me campaign, has shown the Government that the foster care community is vocal and committed, and will keep on campaigning and working for the recognition it deserves.
“The Fostering Network will be proud to lead that march again in 2014.”
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 2014, and with recruitment and retention news throughout the year, staff from 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.