Fostering hero helps siblings to share memories to last a lifetime

Last Updated: June 2, 2015

Foster carers were hailed as ‘heroes’ in a recent survey of Doncaster residents.  As part of national Foster Care Fortnight we will be hearing from some of our local heroes…

Julie Beard started fostering last year and cares for groups of brothers and sisters.

She says: “Before I became a foster carer, I’d worked in a children’s centre. I would often see brothers and sisters being brought to the centre so that they could share time together because they couldn’t be placed together with foster carers.

Celebration event launches Foster Care Fortnight as Doncaster seeks more carers for children

Last Updated: June 2, 2015

Doncaster’s foster carers joined a celebration event to mark the launch of Foster Care Fortnight today, as the call goes out to find 30 new carers for local children by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.

Recently hailed as ‘heroes’ in a borough-wide survey, more than 40 of Doncaster’s most recently approved foster carers attended the event held at The Mansion House and were thanked for opening up their homes and between them providing over 130 children with somewhere safe to live.

Want to foster? Join us on Monday 15 June at The Dome, Doncaster 5pm to 8pm.

Last Updated: June 3, 2015

Could you become a real life hero by becoming a foster carer? 

Doncaster’s foster carers were recently hailed as ‘heroes’ in a borough-wide survey. They provide local children and young people with somewhere safe to live. This year we are looking to find 30 new carers in Doncaster.

Foster carers really can transform the lives of local children. There is a particular shortage of people who could care for teenagers or for more than one child.

Fostering heroes supporting teens to shape their future

Last Updated: June 8, 2015

Janice Jinks and her husband Kevin have been foster carers for 29 years and have looked after children of all ages. They have recently specialised in looking after older children.

Janice says: “Many people choose not to foster teenagers as they think that they are difficult and will be hard to look after. Our experience is anything but, and we’d say don’t be afraid to do it and give them a chance. Caring for teenagers is about providing a young person with somewhere that they can call home as they make that transition from childhood to adulthood.

Home News and Events Ofsted ‘good’ for our children’s home which keeps families together Ofsted ‘good’ for our children’s home which keeps families together

Last Updated: June 8, 2015

Ofsted has praised Doncaster’s new Children’s Services Trust for the way it is helping troubled young people turn their lives around.
Ofsted rated the Trust’s Cromwell Drive children’s home in Doncaster as ‘Good overall’ and praised the ‘highly focussed and practical support’ it provides to parents who are considering placing their children in care. 

Local MP shows her support for fostering Posted: 10-06-2015

Last Updated: June 10, 2015

Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central is backing the call for people in Doncaster to come forward and make their connection with fostering during the Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign.

This year alone, 30 new foster carers are needed right across Doncaster to ensure that the rising number of children coming into care can have the best chance to find a loving foster family who can not only meet their needs, but help them to build a positive future.

My foster heroes changed my life

Last Updated: June 11, 2015

Foster carers were hailed as ‘heroes’ in a recent survey of Doncaster residents.  As part of national Foster Care Fortnight Candice explains how her foster heroes changed her life…

“I was a quiet 12-year-old living with my mum and three brothers. I remember feeling very low when we were taken away from mum.  

Doncaster shares insights as Slough gears up to launch the country’s second children’s services trust

Last Updated: June 15, 2015

The team working to set up a children’s services trust in Slough visited our offices this month to hear about our experiences.

Our Trust is the first children’s social care organisation in the country to be run independently from a local authority. It was set up last year following an agreement with the government and Doncaster Council and our remit is to pioneer new, dynamic ways to provide outstanding care to local children and families.

Pause brings pioneering support for women to cut the number of children taken into care

Last Updated: June 25, 2015

A new programme of support for women who have experienced or are at risk repeat removals of their children from their care gets underway in Doncaster as part of a national launch announced today.

Doncaster is one of seven areas selected to pioneer Pause. It aims to break the cycle of children being removed from their mothers and offer those women the chance to develop new skills and responses that will help them create a more positive future. 

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