Category: Family Experiences

Foster Carer Stories: Short Breaks Fostering

short breaks foster

Short Breaks Foster care is a temporary placement while future plans for the child / young person(s) are confirmed. A placement can last from a few days to a few months. But how does this all work in reality? We spoke to one of our foster carers Sally on her experiences (the name Harvey has… Read more »

How To Choose A Foster Agency

which foster agency to choose

Deciding which foster agency to choose can be hard. There are so many factors to consider. Charlotte is currently waiting to become a foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about the process she went through in deciding which foster agency to choose. What is your day job? I am an assistant headteacher in a mainstream… Read more »

Q&A: Why foster care?

why foster care?

Lola is currently going through an assessment to become foster carer. Having been through the process before, we spoke to her about her experiences and the big question: why foster care? What is your day job? I currently work as a senior social work assistant in a ‘Child in Care’ team in the West Midlands.  As part of… Read more »

Foster Carers’ Story: Toni and Ashley

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The names of the foster children have been changed to protect their identity. ‘We are happy because they are happy,’ says Ashley who gave up his job to foster twin boys with autism. ‘We say this is our family and we feel really close to them. We call them our boys.’ The twins came into… Read more »

Progress Foster Carers Awards Lunch

Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… Opening your home and ultimately your heart to someone else’s child is not easy, but is a hugely rewarding experience. Celebrating this together is important, because our foster carers make it possible for Progress to contribute to improving the lives and outcomes of many children in our… Read more »

The Voice of the Child

High Five!

The recent Ofsted framework rollout and the pilot inspection which we were involved in December 2016, has highlighted how it important it is to us that our children’s views are heard and understood.   While a collaborative approach to everything we do has always been our standard way of doing things, we are always looking… Read more »

Supporting positive change

Small Happy Child

Progress noun ˈprəʊɡrɛs/ forward or onward movement towards a destination.   As of April 2017, the updated Ofsted Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCCIF) changed the way inspection took place within independent Fostering Agencies. The Ofsted fundamental principle of inspection is to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives; they want to… Read more »

Find out more about Nightingale House

Some parents have asked “what should I expect from my son/daughter’s stay at Nightingale House?” Here is a little insight… Nightingale House is our newest residential home for 18-25 year old’s with complex disabilities or acquired brain injury. We offer any length of residence; whether that be utilising the short break services or longer term… Read more »

Priceless moments – E’s story

Success

In August 2016, 17-year-old E first joined us in one of our residential homes. She has Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a malformation that affects brain development, primarily of the cerebellum; the part of the brain that coordinates movement. We have been so blown away with the incredible transformation she has undertaken with the support of our team… Read more »

Fostering Options

Board Games

Many people consider fostering, but taking the plunge and committing comes with many worries and concerns. You are taking a leap of faith into the unknown, where children are placed in family homes at short notice with rare opportunities to get to know the child before they arrive at your front door. At Progress, we… Read more »