May 2012

Well, it has been another busy month for us here at Community Foster Care...

We had a very interesting meeting with FtSE (we're one of the 13 fostering agencies that form its membership), where special invitee Robert Tapsfield, Chief Exec of The Fostering Network, told us that we should await some announcements from Government about fostering and areas to be improved.
Foster Care Fortnight (14 - 27 May) is almost upon us - an important time of year for all fostering agencies where we all join forces to raise the profile of fostering. It's the UK 's biggest fostering recruitment campaign and last year over 35 million people heard about the need for more foster carers. We are delighted that our three sisters who foster in Gloucester , Carol, Angela and Wendy, have received much press attention including a live radio interview with myself on Annie King's Show BBC Gloucestshire on Thursday 10 May. And CFC carer Sue Johnson, who has been fostering for over 30 years, has also featured in a press release and is being interviewed by journalists. Sue's also overjoyed that her daughter, Kirstin, has just recently been approved as a foster carer with us. A big thanks to all our carers - not just for these two weeks of Foster Care Fortnight - but for the other 50 weeks of the year as well!
I have been working on setting up our new office in Lancashire and Emma, one of the Registered Managers, starts there on 21 May.
We have also recruited a Business Manager for the Gloucester office and another Social Worker to develop Wiltshire who should be joining us at the beginning of August.
We are also in the process of setting up a sister organisation, called Community Family Care, that aims to provide family support services to children, young people and families. We're just working on a new website as I type...
As I said, busy, busy, busy.
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