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Welcome Autumn 2011 foster families 3

Welcome from the editor... Foster Families Online

Dear Reader, This is the online sample - please download the full magazine for £1 or subcribe to the full printed copy for £2 delivered direct to your door. We have a back to school pack to be won in our education section. And there’s lots more inside... find out Cathy Glass’s view on Holiday vs Annual leave, and discover the emotional impact moving placements can have on a child. You’ll find lots to learn about attachment with tips and hints to help you best care for those with attachment issues. So put your feet up and enjoy! Ceressa Bateman, Editor

What can you find?

Visit for the latest news and updates from Foster Families Magazine. The website has a cookery corner with video tips, a shop, a swap shop and a competitions page, plus lots more.You can order the magazine in different currencies depending on where you live, or you can download the magazine to your computer for £1. For more updates you can follow us on Twitter: or become a fan on our Facebook page:

What happens after panel? Thinking of fostering? Mary Griffiths-Jones shares the next step in our How to Become Fostering & Adoption a Foster Carer series ow that you are you. This will include expectations You will be given as much approved as a regarding training attendance, information as possible but may have 3 t r foster carer, your supervision and support offered by to make a decision very quickly about a P supervising social worker will the fostering service. whether you feel a particular child is Photo: Quinn Dombrowski


arrange to come and see you as part of the induction process. This may be the same person who undertook the assessment, but it may be a different person who works for your fostering service. On their first visit, they are likely to bring with them the fostering service’s policies and procedures, and other practical information which is pertinent to your role. You will be asked to sign a Foster Care Agreement which lays out what you can expect from your fostering service and what they expect from

You may be invited to the office, sometimes with other newly approved foster carers, for an induction morning or day, which will allow you to ask questions, and see how the office works, particularly how the duty system works. If you have been approved as a short term foster carer, you may well be approached by the duty worker to take children at short notice. Children are referred to duty by a range of local authorities, often for same day placements.

“Short term carers may have to decide fast!”

by Mary Griffiths-Jones, TACT Director of Children’s Services - England For more info about TACT visit:

a good match for your family. You do not have to say yes! If you have been approved for a long term or permanent placement, the process is generally planned and you will have the chance to meet the child through a series of introductory visits before they move in. Good luck with your first placement!

Download the full version here to read Julie-Anne Jay’s experiences of induction.

Foster Families Magazine Autumn 2011 Sample  

Sample version of the lifestyle magazine for foster carers and those interested in fostering. Articles include: becoming a foster carer; wai...

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