Category Archive: Foster Care

May 26

ENGLAND – Associations criticise care placement decision making

Independent foster care and children’s home bodies have come together to call on local authorities to use third sector providers to reduce inappropriate care placements.   Residential care is being underused, say care associations. Picture: Guzelian The Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) and Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) say too many looked-after children are …

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May 26

WALES/ENGLAND – Ministers write to local authorities about housing benefit changes and foster carers

Impact of changes reduced where one spare room is used for foster child Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform in the Department for Work & Pensions, and Edward Timpson, Children and Families Minister in the Department for Education, have written a joint letter to local authorities about the housing benefit under-occupancy rules and their impact …

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May 26

ENGLAND – Rotherham council apologises over way it handled removal of children from Ukip foster parents

A council has apologised over the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents who were members of Ukip. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council maintained that the removal of the siblings last November was in their “best interests”. But it also said membership of the UK Independence Party was not …

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May 26

UK – Funding for foster care recruitment boost unveiled

Organisation: Department for Education. Published: 16 May 2013. Policy: Improving the adoption system and services for looked-after children. Minister: Edward Timpson MP.   The government has today unveiled a new package of support to help local authorities attract and retain more foster carers from a wider range of backgrounds. Speaking at the National Fostering Agency’s …

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May 26

ENGLAND – College sounds warning on fostering-for-adoption plans

Government plans to speed up the adoption process could undermine efforts to place looked-after children with family members and potentially harm child welfare, The College of Social Work has said.   Government plans will see prospective adopters appointed earlier. Picture: Robin Hammond/iconphotos   In a briefing on the Children and Families Bill, The College of …

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May 24

UK – How foster care separates siblings

More than half of children are split up from their brothers and sisters as demand for carers rises Fostered children are being separated from their brothers or sisters because of a shortage of suitable homes. In some cases, where their natural parents have died, this means they are taken away from the only family they …

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