FosterWiki Opinion Piece

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November 17, 2022

Those who care for neglected children know many beautiful moments but they are also stressed and under-supported Published by The Times on Friday, November 11 2022, 9.00 pm,Janice Turner “What drives carers away, says Sarah Anderson – a child therapist who has nurtured the most hard-to-place children for 15yrs and who founded the website FosterWiki…

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Celebrate Foster Carers Christmas Day
November 7, 2022

Author: Carolyn Moody MBE November 2022 I think Foster Carers deserve to be celebrated as they contribute so much daily to a child’s life. Now we will be getting festive and trying to make Christmas special for the children. Many of us also have lost loved ones through many different circumstances so it will be…

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Young People and Smartphones - Addiction and Harm
September 20, 2022

Author: Jane Adams As a foster carer for teenagers, I experience the realities of smartphones and “over-exposure” on a daily basis. I observe the obsessive need to have a smartphone to hand at all times including visiting the toilet, the compulsion to involve themselves in other people’s affairs, being misinformed by world events, experiencing lack…

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Foster carers why do we do what we do?
July 28, 2022

What is trauma? “trauma is a person’s emotional response to a distressing experience”. What is a foster carer? “a situation in which for a period of time a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child’s parents” What foster carers do can be incredibly challenging emotionally, complicated and may…

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Time to ditch the orphan Annie narrative in fostering

Author: Sarah Anderson FosterWiki Founder Time to ditch the orphan Annie narrative in fostering. Why modern foster carers are more than spare room and a big heart. It makes me so angry when I see the adverts ‘Have you got a spare room and a big heart?’ That’s all you need to be a foster…

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The Foster Carer’s Paradox

Sometimes I just feel we are stuck in the revolving door of the foster carer’s paradox. Author: Sarah Anderson FosterWiki Founder Published 24th September 2021 Sometimes I’m told ‘you’re just a foster parent’ then at other times I’m a professional required to adhere to national minimum standards, and statutory legislation, attend meetings, work with a…

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We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights

Author: Sarah Anderson Sarah Anderson of the Foster Care Workers Union says those looking after the most vulnerable need better pay and job protection, even if it means changing the law. Working with no employment rights is one of the big downsides of the so-called gig economy. Now foster care workers are joining bike couriers…

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