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October is national Sons and Daughters month
Sons and Daughters: Celebrating the foster family is The Fostering Networks annual campaign to celebrate the phenomenal contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care.
To learn more please vist the Fostering Network's Sons and Daughters page
Many people considering becoming a foster carer will naturally have concerns about the potential impact of this on their own children. " How will my children cope sharing me with someone new?", " Will my own child suffer with less attention?", are question we often hear from prospective foster carers.
The reality is that many children benefit from being part of a support network offered by a fostering family to a vulnerable child. It can help them develop as an individual and many of our carers say they are so proud of their children and their contribution to fostering; as are we.
Being a big brother
Ben, 13 says "I have loved being a big brother. I enjoy teaching fostered children how to build blocks, throw a ball and play hide and seek. Saying goodbye is hard but there is always another 'hello' around the corner".
So if you have children of your own and questions about being a fostering family why not come along and talk to experienced carers at our open event on 22nd October at City Hall, College Green, Bristol from 6pm until 7.30pm.
There are over 700 children in care in Bristol. Many of these children need to stay with foster families while they are unable to live at home.
A national shortage of foster carers means we are struggling to find enough carers living in and around Bristol who reflect all of our children's backgrounds. So we urgently need more people from all walks of life to come forward.
We understand that fostering isn't something you can decide on straight away - after all, it's a big commitment. The first step is to simply find out more, and to talk to experienced foster carers about their experiences.
Here are three easy ways to find out more about fostering:
1. Order an information pack and DVD
2. Come to an information evening
Sit back and enjoy our information evening and question and answers session, hosted by experienced social workers and foster carers. For details of our next session and to book your place, call 0117 353 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Drop by our stall at a local event near you
We run regular information events throughout the year, so if you are out and about in the city you can drop by to pick up information and chat informally with our team.
You can find us next at:
Open information session: Discover more about Fostering
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 6pm -7.30pm
City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Ever wondered what it's like to be a foster carer? Come to our informal open event and hear from the carers themselves about the rewards and realities of fostering. You can also chat to experienced staff from our fostering team. No need to book, just turn up!
Find out in this short video what Bristol children in care think makes a good foster carer.
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See the video transcript (pdf, 22 KB)(opens new window) for what Bristol children in care think makes a good foster carer.
Find out how fostering will change a life forever in this video.
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Foster carers share the responsibility for the child with a local authority and the child's parents. Fostering is usually a temporary arrangement, though sometimes foster care may be the plan until the child grows up.
Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. It's a legal procedure in which all the parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters.
Once an adoption order has been granted it can't be reversed except in extremely rare circumstances. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their first mother and father (the "birth parents") and becomes a full member of the new family, usually taking the family's name.
You may not be ready to foster yet or are just interested in finding out more information at this stage, but can you help us to recruit more foster carers for the children in care in our city?
You could download an A4 fostering recruitment poster (pdf, 224 KB)(opens new window) or an A4 BME fostering recruitment poster (pdf, 1.5 MB)(opens new window) and display it in your workplace or at your local church, playgroup, scouts group etc. If you would like some copies posted contact the Family Placement Recruitment Team on 0117 353 4200 with your request.You could also send the link to this page to anyone you know who may be interested in fostering.
We really appreciate your contribution. Thank you.
Bristol City Council-
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Family Placement Recruitment Team B Bond Warehouse Smeaton Road Bristol, BS1 6XN
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 353 4200