Foster Care Advice & News

Education Support for Foster Families and Children – Everything You Need to Know

Education is one of the most valuable assets that a child can have. It opens up opportunities for personal growth, social development and future success. However, not all children have access to quality education or the support they need to succeed. Foster children in particular may need extra educational support due to moving schools, missing out on classes, tumultuous home environments and many other factors.  If you’re interested in foster care, please contact Orchard Fostering today. We’re available on the phone or via email – you

July 24th, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

The Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Foster Children and Carers – International Yoga Day June 21st

Yoga is a hugely popular exercise for a reason. Studies have shown it has a number of positive effects on both physical and mental health. With its emphasis on mindfulness, it’s common to incorporate yoga into a self-care routine. But did you know it can also be a fun family activity? In celebration of international Yoga Day on June 21st, for this blog, we’ve decided to explore some of the reasons why yoga is a perfect exercise to incorporate into foster families – for both

June 13th, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

The Journey of Becoming Foster Parents: A Same-Sex Couple’s Perspective

Christina and Suzy have been foster parents with Orchard Fostering for six years. To celebrate Pride Month (June 1st- 30th), they share the rewarding story of their fostering journey along with some words of encouragement for any potential foster parents. If you’re interested in fostering, please reach out to Orchard Fostering today. We’re available on the phone or via email – you can also fill out a form directly on our contact page. "It all started for us back in April 2017, we were together

June 8th, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

5 Tips on Support and Advice for Foster Teens and Children who Identify as LGBTQ

Despite the fact there’s more and more visibility for the LGBTQ+ community today, coming out and expressing one’s gender and sexual identity can still be a challenging and emotional process. While in past generations, people tended to come out in teenage and their adult years, today, because of increased visibility, children and teenagers are coming out earlier and feel more comfortable interrogating and expressing their gender identity sooner. However, the LGBTQ+ community still faces discrimination, bias and stigmatization. This can come from social groups, the

May 23rd, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

How To Keep Your Foster Child or Teen Safe in Gaming

Online gaming is an increasingly popular pastime. You’ve probably heard of the most popular titles and maybe even played them yourself! There are many benefits of gaming for young people and adults alike. It’s a way to relax and unwind. It’s a common way for children and young people to connect with their friends and make new ones – which may be particularly relevant for foster children who have moved home and still have friends in different towns and counties around the country. Studies have

May 15th, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

Be Cool with Tik Tok Trends for 2023

Whether you’re well versed in social media or new to the game, there’s no denying Tiktok is phenomenally popular with children of all ages. The video-sharing social media platform specializes in short-form clips and to date the app has over 2 billion downloads. TikTok, among other social media apps, have transformed the nature of ‘celebrity’ as we know it. In theory, someone can easily earn star status from their bedroom so it’s no surprise the platform has struck a chord with a younger generation. From

April 19th, 2023|Categories: fostering advice|

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