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Lucy Stevens - 8th April 2020

We askes our foster carers to photograph their hands with the strapline #ThisIsFostering. This is to mark Foster Care Fortnight 2020; a campaign to raise awareness of fostering.
This young person has been with her foster carers for 6 years

Every year the Fostering Network runs a campaign to raise awareness of fostering: Foster Care Fortnight. This year’s theme is #ThisIsFostering.

At Eastern Fostering Services, we asked our carers to show us visually what fostering looks like for them. As photographs started to pour in, we felt so moved by the images of family, togetherness and love that they revealed.

#ThisIsFostering: family

A photograph can speak a thousand words, but what is behind the photograph?

The pictures that we are featuring come with their unique backstory. The couple featured in the photograph above have been caring for their foster daughter for 6 years. They have seen her through unimaginably tough times. They have cared for her in good times and stuck with her during periods of great difficulty. During this time, the young person has changed beyond recognition. She has grown into a more confident and reflective young lady and has learned how to explore and communicate her feelings and allow others to do the same. She feels fully accepted and valued as a member of the family. For this family #ThisIsFostering means just that. Family.

#ThisIsFostering: keeping siblings together

This couple have been fostering for 5 years. The siblings they look after have been with them for a year. #ThisIsFostering is a campaign run by the fostering network to raise awareness of fostering. The family in this picture have #ThisIsFostering written on their hands.
This family has been fostering for over 5 years.

The carers behind this photograph have been fostering for over 5 years. Initially they worked with teenagers as they felt this would fit with their own teen children. They did this really successfully and saw several young people into independence.

They then decided to change direction and offered a home to a pair of young sisters. I remember the foster carers saying to me that the match just felt right. One year on and the girls are a delight. They are doing well at school and undoubtedly feel loved and nurtured at home. For this family, #ThisIsFostering means keeping siblings together.

#ThisIsFostering: keeping the faith

A photograph of a fostering couple for #ThisIsFostering. The photo shows their hands intertwined with #ThisIsFostering written on them.
This couple have been fostering together for 30 years

This photograph of one of our fostering couple shows the togetherness with which they approach fostering. Foster carers for 30 years, they have always been a united front, in it together and utterly committed. Over the years, they have made a difference to the lives of many children. They provided a long term placement to two brothers with significant needs for 12 yrs and continue to maintain contact with the youngest who now, as an adult, lives in supported accommodation.

They are committed to providing sensitive, nurturing care to all children and their motivation is rooted in their strong Christian beliefs and of wanting to improve children’s lives if possible in any way they can.

They currently foster a sibling group of 3 who they welcomed during the height of the recent lockdown.

#ThisIsFostering: one child at a time

A family of 5 show their hands with #ThisIsFostering written on them. They are all holding a tool or gardening implement to show the family all working together.
This family has been fostering for 4 years

I have to confess to the above picture being of my family! We began fostering over 4 years ago and have cared for 2 children over that time. I have two boys of my own, a foster son aged 18, now living independently nearby and a foster daughter aged 16 who is living with us now. For us, #ThisIsFostering is a team effort and means being there for the long term for all our children, in any way we can. Both our foster children are an important part of our family and we hope they know they are loved.

#ThisIsFostering: keep calm and carry on

There could be no greater demonstration of the importance to children of committed foster carers than the recent lockdown.

It has been a tough time for the entire nation. Yet, we feel we must make special mention of and give thanks to our foster carers. They are caring for children with a range of needs. Many of them are highly anxious when faced with uncertainty. Whilst some struggle there, many children see school as a lifeline (as do the carers!). Lots of foster arrangements are made stable and secure because every member of the family gets time and space away. Foster carers are dealing with difficult behaviours and traumatised children and young people. 24/7. During this period, they have had to be parent, therapist, counsellor, chef, teacher and facilitator. Moreover, they are often the first target for anger, fear and frustration.

We have been blown away by the resourcefulness, creativity and commitment shown by our carers. They have coped in exceptionally difficult times, drawing on all their reserves to continue offering the best care to our children. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are awesome. #ThisIsFostering.

I’m interested in fostering. What do I do next?

We’re always keen to hear from people who want to foster. Please get in touch with us via our website, call us on 01206 299775, email us at info@easternfosteringservices.com or you can message us via our Facebook page.

Apply to foster
Transfer to us
Contact us

Apply to foster

If you would like to register your interest in fostering, please complete the form below. We will get back to you shortly to discuss next steps.

Have you applied to foster before?

YesNo

Do you have a spare room?

YesNo

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

Transfer to EFS

Existing foster carers sometimes approach us because they want to transfer from their existing fostering provider. If you are not happy with the service you are currently receiving and would like to know more about transferring fostering provider, complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Do you have a child in placement?

YesNo

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

Contact us

If you have questions about fostering, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know
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