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Independent Fostering Agencies vs Local Authorities – What’s the Difference?

22 October 2020

If you’re new to fostering, you may be wondering what the difference is between independent foster agencies and local authorities. As a new or prospective carer, you have the choice whether to register with your local authority (LA) or with an independent fostering agency (IFA), such as Family Fostering Partners!  Local councils are legally responsible for the safeguarding…

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Foster Care Requirements

22 October 2020

Fostering is an extraordinary thing to do, and often, it’s just normal people going out of their way to change children’s lives and make a difference in society. It is a common misconception that there are loads of rules and requirements surrounding being a foster parent. In fact, there are only a few essential factors that you need…

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Black History Month 2020

16 October 2020

As part of our work with the local Authorities across Wales we receive referrals for children from a wide array of backgrounds and ethnicities. This presents us with the challenge of ensuring that every child or young person is placed with a foster family who can help them feel connected with, and to continue to learn about their…

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Preparing to be a Foster Parent

28 September 2020

It’s great that you’re ready to start preparing to be a foster parent. Fostering is an amazing thing to do and helps give a child a second chance to live a happier and brighter life. However, fostering isn’t just beneficial for children and young people, foster parents gain so much joy and life satisfaction from the children in…

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Fostering Regulations Bedroom Sharing

28 September 2020

Prospective foster parents often have a lot of questions regarding the rules surrounding children’s bedrooms and bedroom sharing. It can seem like there are a lot of regulations to follow, but this is because a child’s room is very important. A bedroom is a safe space where a child or young person can go to feel comfortable, relaxed,…

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Fostering Information for Prospective Carers

25 August 2020

If you’re new to fostering and taking the first steps to research and find out more about foster care, it can feel quite daunting. There is tons of information out there and it can be hard to know where to start. Becoming a foster carer is an important decision and one that is going to massively affect your…

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Fostering vs Adoption

25 August 2020

If you have an interest in child care and want to expand your family, you may be weighing up the options between fostering or adoption. Whichever you choose, it is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is important that you are aware of the key differences between fostering and adopting and what they…

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Short Break Fostering

29 July 2020

What is short break fostering? Short break fostering is a type of part-time care, similar to respite foster care. Short break carers will look after a child temporarily for a limited amount of time, this may be for a week or two in school holidays, or perhaps on weekends. The care situation will be specific to each individual…

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Fostering as a Career

27 July 2020

Can foster care be a career?  Yes, absolutely! Family Fostering Partners recognise fostering as a professional career and it is widely considered a viable career option. Whilst many people recognise the charitable nature of fostering, we understand that this takes time and hard work, just like any other job! Not only is fostering a fantastic career choice, but…

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Fostering Advice – The Do’s and Don’ts

29 June 2020

Deciding to foster and begin an exciting new journey as a carer is an exciting time, but we understand that it can also be a little stressful. For those who are considering becoming a foster parent, currently going through the application process, or embarking on their first year as an approved carer with Family Fostering Partners, we want…

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Independent Fostering Agencies vs Local Authorities – What’s the Difference?

If you’re new to fostering, you may be wondering what the difference is between independent foster agencies and local authorities. As a new or prospective carer, you have the choice whether to register with your local authority (LA) or with an independent fostering agency (IFA), such as Family Fostering Partners! …

read more

Foster Care Requirements

Fostering is an extraordinary thing to do, and often, it’s just normal people going out of their way to change children’s lives and make a difference in society. It is a common misconception that there are loads of rules and requirements surrounding being a foster parent. In fact, there are…

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