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Have your say!

If you’ve got a letter or a story to share, email it to or write to Have Your Say, Flat 2, 2a Brook Street, Worcester, WR1 1JB. Annette Webb, Simply Fostering, answers your letters (more in our full issue):

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Dear Annette, I'm currently looking into older fostered children babysitting for birth children and other fostered children in the household. What safeguards are put in place to enable it to happen? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!

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Hello Clare, I don’t think it’s appropriate for fostered children to babysit other children. Looking at it from a ‘Safe Caring’ perspective, there are too many risks to contemplate and it would not be fair to put that level of responsibility onto a ‘looked after child’. You need to consider developing your own support networks, if you don’t have any available adults to support you or talk to your supervising social worker about support resources available to you for babysitting duties. Ideally you would want an adult who is known to the children and one who is CRB checked. I hope this helps. Best Wishes, Annette

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Win a Saronti Christmas book

Help the child in your care feel part of your family! Saronti’s A Special Christmas is 32 pages of a funny, rhyming personalised story where both the illustrations and the text can feature up to seven of your family members (or pay extra for more). Character faces are made up from the photos of family members you supply, and the text features their names too. Get the kids a great gift... and adults will laugh at the funny character roles in the story. For your chance to win a free Special Christmas book from Saronti, simply answer this question: Name two other photo gifts Saronti produces, besides the books? Visit for more info!


To enter, send your answer, along with your name and address to with the subject line ‘Saronti’. Or you can post your entry to Foster Families, Flat 2, 2a Brook Street, Worcester, WR1 1JB. The closing date is February 10th 2011, and the first correct entry picked at random on this date will win.

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Foster Families Winter 2010 Sample  
Foster Families Winter 2010 Sample  

A sample of our Winter issue... lots of fab articles to enjoy! Attachment advice, tips on overcoming bedwetting, delicious recipes and much...