Foster Care Fortnight runs throughout the month of May to recognise and acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, family members, child welfare professionals and other members of the foster care community who help to find foster children permanent homes and connections.
Each May brings around a collective approach amongst the foster care community to share news of the department of fostering and to help others learn more about fostering and potentially becoming a foster parent or family.
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s largest annual campaign to help raise the profile of fostering launched by The Fostering Network. The campaign was established in 1997 to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of foster carers nationwide. This year, the campaign will run between 15th-28th May and will follow the theme of #FosteringCommunities.
Foster Care Fortnight is a great way to make a positive impact on the lives of children in foster care and to be their voice. The Fostering Network offers a wide range of resources for this year's campaign which you can access online. Whilst there are several other organisations you can get involved with to support Foster Care Fortnight, there are other ways you can actively raise awareness.
The Fostering Network have many events throughout the campaign that you can take part in. From celebratory brunches and quiz nights to educational workshops and webinars – there is something for everyone to take part in. Find out more about the events local to you here.
The easiest way to raise awareness on a larger scale is by making use of the power of social media. Continuously posting messages of the campaign throughout the month of May on Instagram and Facebook can make a huge impact and help reach a wider demographic.
This year's theme, like last year, is #FosteringCommunities – we encourage you to share your story and help spread the word about #FC23 by using our hashtags, tagging us on our social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) and making use of the social media graphics and resources available.
The most direct way to help children in foster care is by donating on behalf of the cause. Whatever the donation, there are many charities and organisations for you to choose from that will all go towards positively changing a young child’s life for the better.
Consider reaching out to your local community – small businesses, local shops and council to display promotional materials, posters, leaflets or displays to help share the campaigns message and raise more awareness. Fact sheets, key statistics and success stories are a great way to get the message across to your local community and encourage them to take part.
Why not volunteer to take part in Foster Walk, the annual sponsored walk held by The Fostering Network. The walk aims to encourage everyone in the community to take part to help raise awareness and funds for foster care within the UK. Collectively, we can make a larger impact.
Sebastian and Patrick Quinn became foster parents just before the Covid pandemic and after thorough research, decided Capstone Foster Care would be their agency of choice. They have since fostered 9 children and have said it’s the best decision they have ever made, urging others to follow in their footsteps.
Kerry McCabe from Plymouth shares her beautiful experiences of fostering children for almost a decade and has this to say about Capstone Foster Care:
“Capstone Foster Care has been very supportive throughout the whole process and we would highly recommend using them or just giving them a call to find out more about it”
Jenny Jacobs, a mum of two, who was previously in care, said it was her own experiences that urged her to become a foster parent and to be able to offer a stable and loving home. Encouraging others to consider fostering, Jenny urged others to research the right agency for them;
“It’s really important that you have the right fit for you as a family. The therapeutic approach that Capstone Foster Care has, has really worked for us as a whole”
If you want to learn more about fostering and the foster care requirements, contact a member of our helpful and supportive team today.
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