It’s Foster Care Fortnight from Monday 11th – Sunday 24th May 2020, a national annual campaign to raise awareness of fostering from leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Hull Fostering are asking you to consider fostering, especially in these unprecedented times.
In 2020, over 8000 new foster families are needed across the UK to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and Hull City Council Fostering are recruiting now across our local area. The recruitment of foster carers remains just as crucial, if not more so, during the Covid-19 lockdown as children still come into care and need placements, and we are continuing our efforts to recruit carers and recognise the work they do through creative and virtual means.
About Hull Fostering
They currently have over 230 Mainstream foster care, Support Care and supported lodgings households, providing amazing care, support and loving homes to our Hull children in care.
There are 850 children in care in Hull with more than 400 of these children and young people placed with Hull Fostering mainstream foster carers, supported lodgings providers (16+). Others are in foster care with family members or other significant connected persons.
Hull Fostering support all of our fantastic foster carers with a generous financial allowance, your own fostering social worker to support and guide your fostering journey and mentoring by Experienced Carers. There are also fun days out, events and foster carer discounts for the families and membership of Fostering Network as a source of independent support and advice.
They have foster carers across Hull and the wider area in East Yorkshire, North Lincs and North East Lincs and are constantly approving new foster carers throughout the year.
Carers must be over 21, have a spare bedroom at home and live within 30 miles of Hull to foster with Hull City Council Fostering. As well as excellent training and ongoing support which they are constantly enhancing, foster carers receive great weekly financial support from £154 – £265, plus they have skills related payments once you gain experience and complete training.
In these challenging times Hull Fostering still need foster carers and are still taking enquiries and processing applications, making use of all the technology available to respect social distancing while still progressing your application. They welcome foster carers from every type of background, culture, religion, gender, sexuality and experience. We have particular need for foster carers (and supported lodgings providers for young people aged 16-21yrs) who could foster children over 5 years of age, sibling groups, teenagers, children with disabilities and other special needs, and unaccompanied children seeking asylum
Fostering Group Manager Judith Dent says: “You can make a really positive difference to a child’s life by becoming a foster carer in 2020. Our valued foster carers are patient, understanding and have a genuine commitment to make a difference to a child’s life. Whilst we are proud of our current fantastic foster carers, we need more to provide family-based care to as many children who are in care as we can. Even during these unprecedented times, we are still receiving and processing enquiries/applications and still approving new carers (adhering to #SocialDistancing guidelines). Our team are ready to chat to anyone who may be interested in becoming a foster carer with Hull Fostering, we have even created online training videos to help introduce you to fostering. To be a foster carer you undertake an assessment of your suitability which we can start with you through telephone and video conference calls at the moment to help you on your journey to fostering with us in 2020.”
DAILY LIFE OF A FOSTERING HOUSEHOLD DURING LOCKDOWN:
By SARAH, a FOSTER CARER with HULL FOSTERING
A household like ours with 8 children of all ages is busy so lockdown has been hard work but fun. The kids, both our own and foster kids have been amazing. Especially the teenagers who have found being cut off from friends and boyfriends tough.
We try to keep to some kind of routine. Up at 8 (doesn’t always work!) – Mr Motivator at 9 (80s style). Then school work till 11.30/12. Dinner then what ever they want to do. We’ve had movie afternoons, especially good as Sky are playing the cinema movies. Baking, doing our own Tiktoks (dancing apps), gardening, pamper afternoons, pj days, played board games. Joining in online #frommywindowhullandeastyorkshire, treasure hunts around the house and planting their own seeds to watch them grow.
Me and the hubby have had interactive quiz nights with our friends connecting via WhatsApp or Messenger. Today we are celebrating our foster daughter’s 17th birthday. She’s never had a cake so I was icing a cake at 5 am this morning as a surprise. The biggest challenge is keeping the whole house happy while staying sane. And believe me not every day is a happy one. 3 teenagers in a bad mood on the same day does not end well!
Everyone has been able to keep up contact with people they want to or need too. Contact for the foster kids has been done via whatsapp every other day. Parents seem happy and kids are happy. I’ve kept up to date on Fostering support groups on Social Media. Watched what others have done and pinched ideas. At Easter, we have done Easter activities, did an egg hunt and painting their own eggs before I boil them. VE day celebrations means we all get to be creative once again and that will be fun.
Some advice I have to offer is stay connected with family, friends, and we are lucky to have lots of other foster carers and if you need help or are feeling lonely they are there just ask for help. Someone will always help and I’ve found on our private foster carer groups others are always willing to give you a boost or help in any way they can.
Join us, and become a foster carer too. Lots of people think they can’t foster, but I would say just make the first step and enquire to find out if its for you. Yes it can be challenging at times, but everything can be, but most of the time it can be so much fun and so rewarding to see the lives of these local children grown and develop and you feel you are having a great impact on their lives while in care and making a real difference.
Keep Safe, have fun and keep chatting – Sarah and Family x