Emergency foster carers needed for Devon’s most vulnerable children

Devon County Council’s fostering service, Fostering Devon, is calling for people to consider offering emergency foster care to vulnerable children.

The new ‘Emergency Bed Scheme’ provides rapid support for children and young people, aged between 0 and 18 years old, who are unable to remain living in their current home and need an immediate place of safety at a time of crisis....

Plymouth foster carers celebrated at special award ceremony

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people during a celebration for Foster Carers awards ceremony.

Hosted at Devonport Guildhall, the event, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers and the profound difference they make to young people’s lives.

Most of the carers commended at the...

Are you looking after someone else’s child?

Did you know that if you are caring for a child under 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) who is not your child, and you are not an immediate relative, this may be a Private Fostering arrangement?

During Private Fostering week, Monday 4 to Friday 11 July Plymouth City Council is encouraging anyone who knows about a child or young person living away from their immediate family for 28...

Call for new foster carers in Plymouth

With approximately 395 children and young people in local authority care in Plymouth, many of whom are in urgent need of a foster family, Foster Care Associates (FCA) is appealing for new foster carers as it prepares to mark Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 16 May – Sunday 29 May) – the UK’s biggest annual foster carer recruitment campaign.

The event aims to highlight the fantastic work...

100 foster carers needed in Devon

At least 100 foster carers are urgently needed in Devon to help ensure children receive the best start in life.

Fostering Devon, Devon County Council’s fostering service, has launched a new carer recruitment drive to increase the number of foster carers.

The more carers they have, the better the chances of finding a good match between child and carer, with the right home in the...

Foster homes needed for sanctuary seeking youngsters

A leading foster care provider is looking for foster homes in Plymouth for young unaccompanied sanctuary seekers from war-ravaged countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Under the Children Act 1989, it is the legal responsibility of local authorities to care for under 18s who arrive in the country from abroad seeking sanctuary. However, with local authorities reportedly...

Private fostering awareness week

Plymouth City Council is using national Private Fostering Week (6-10 July) as an opportunity to appeal to people across the city to notify them if they’re involved in a Private Fostering Arrangement.

The week, which launches today, is designed to make people more aware of and give more details on private fostering arrangements. When a child is looked after by someone other than a...

Step on board and start your journey to fostering with FCA

Foster Care Associates (FCA) will be welcoming the Lord Mayor of Plymouth into his new role on a form of transport sure to get visitors talking at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day on Saturday (6 June).

The UK’s leading independent fostering agency is inviting people to step on board their bright pink double decker bus as part of FCA’s ‘30K foster care challenge’. This will involve the FCA...

Could you be a foster carer?

Could you be a foster carer? The Fostering Network is calling on people across the south west to consider becoming foster carers, given the need for a further 550 new families across the region in 2015.

The call comes with the launch of the charity’s annual Foster Care Fortnight, and is supported by the results of a new survey showing that two in five (40%) fostered teenagers are...

Why not make fostering your new year's resolution?

Plymouth City Council’s fostering service is asking people to make a new year’s resolution to do something extraordinary and make a difference in a child’s life by fostering.

There are currently more than 400 children and young people in care and there is an on-going campaign to recruit more foster carers.

When a child cannot be cared for within their family, the Council’s...