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Back to school – helping your foster child return to education 

It’s been a weird summer break - the weirdest part being that it effectively started in March and has been going on for over six months. COVID-19 has taken its toll in many ways, with one of the more profound instances being the upturning of the educational calendar.  If you are a foster carer with school age foster children, you’ve undoubtedly been impacted by the closure of schools and are eager to see just how the return to school will pan out over the next

August 28th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

My Journey in Care – an Interview with Angel, Care Leaver

A lot of discussions around foster care centre on the beginning of the journey - what it’s like to enter foster care, or to become a foster parent, or advice on the same. Foster care, however, is not all about beginnings - sometimes it’s about endings. Eventually, all foster care placements come to an “end.” As your foster child grows up, they will eventually leave care - and this can be a challenging time for everyone. We spoke to Angel, a care leaver, about her

August 26th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Respite foster care – everything you need to know

The life of a foster carer is a rewarding one, but it can sometimes be a little too much. Whether it’s stress, family issues, or plain old exhaustion – we all need a break sometimes. This is where respite foster care comes in. Respite foster care occurs when one foster family temporarily cares for another family’s foster children. If a family is experiencing a difficult time, another foster family can offer to temporarily share the load. If you’re interested in becoming involved in respite foster

August 7th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Short term foster care – everything you need to know

Short term foster care is all about welcoming a foster child into your home for a short period of time. It is one of the many types of fostering we facilitate at Orchard Fostering. Read on to find out more about short term fostering. What is short term foster care? Short term foster care involves caring for a foster child for a short period of time. The care period can last for days, weeks, or months. The aim of short term placements is to eventually

July 31st, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Birth children and foster care

Are you concerned about how your birth children might react when you welcome a foster child into your home? In this piece, we’ll look at the challenges facing birth children when a foster child enters their lives. We’ll also look at the benefits a relationship with a foster child can have on your birth children. First, let’s look at the challenges facing birth children when a foster child comes into their life. The Challenges A new person in their environment We’ve written before about how

July 15th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

What is Emergency Fostering? Everything you Need to Know

Emergency fostering placements occurs when a child needs to be removed from their current environment immediately. These placements can occur at short notice and may last up to 72 hours. Emergency fostering is one of the many different types of fostering we facilitate at Orchard Fostering. Read on to find out more about emergency fostering. What is emergency fostering? Emergency foster care may be needed in situations where a child initially or suddenly enters the care system. They may have been removed from the care

June 23rd, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

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