Category: Fostering Page

Growing up in foster care: Stephanie

growing up in foster care stories

Growing up in foster care is not easy for some children. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the carer to create an atmosphere for a child to feel loved. We asked Stephanie to share her experiences of fostering and tell us what it’s like to be in a new home. In your foster placement, what… Read more »

What does a Supervising Social Worker do?

supervising social worker

A supervising social worker supports and guides a foster carer in every aspect of their fostering experience. We spoke to Progress supervising social worker Tendai to get an insight on her role. It is my responsibility to develop a close working relationship with our pool of foster carers. On any given day, I can be… Read more »

Why I foster: Helen

fostering changes lives

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Helen has been caring for James and Perry with her husband, Henry. This is her story. When you have a child of your own, you realise what a positive influence they can have on… Read more »

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from any abuse, neglect, or exploitation. We want all foster children and young people to grow up as part of a loving family. It is, therefore, the Progress foster team’s responsibility to give children and young people (and their carers) access to the support they need to create… Read more »

Why I foster: Jane

foster care experiences

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Jane has been caring for Fariha. This is her story. I have worked with and cared for young people with complex disabilities for over twenty years. I may be biased; but welcoming a young… Read more »

Why I foster: Joanna

why I foster

In a new series of interviews we will be asking Progress foster carers why they choose to foster and why despite some challenges, fostering can bring a lot of joy. Here’s Joanna’s story. “You don’t help someone to get a pat on the back. My husband and I foster because we love it. Seeing a… Read more »

What is a Parent and Child Placement?

parent and child fostering

Parent and child foster care is a unique type of fostering where a parent (usually a mother) and baby comes to stay with you at a time when they need extra support.   There is also the possibility the parent could be a father and sometimes you may end up looking after both (mother and… Read more »

What Our Foster Carers Say

independent fostering agency

We know how much time and emotional investment it takes to become a foster carer. From looking for a reputable independent fostering agency to going through panel, it is important that you are comfortable with the people around you. We have close relationships with our foster carers and are there to support them at any… Read more »

Foster Carer Stories: Short Breaks Fostering

foster care experiences

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 Jane 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 »