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FosterWiki’s 2023 was game changing, but we all need more introspection and less self congratulation
December 20, 2023

FosterWiki’s 2023 was game-changing, but we all need more introspection and less self-congratulation Sarah Anderson – FosterWiki Founder I have pondered a great deal on this article, how to sum up 2023 at FosterWiki, how to talk about the enormity of what we have done this year and how to frame it. Then I remembered…

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Free Covid vaccinations for Foster Carers in Greater Manchester
October 30, 2023

Free Covid vaccinations for Foster Carers in Greater Manchester Stockport Foster Carer’s Association prompted their fostering service to change NHS England policy A FosterWiki report In what could ultimately have implications for national NHS policy, the Stockport Foster Carer’s Association, a registered charity that represents foster carers in Stockport, secured a landmark decision this week…

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January 24, 2023

It’s time to call out allegations, speak the unspoken truths and weed out the bad practice. Aren’t they the worst, the truths that no one ever speaks but everyone knows, and allegations against foster carers are no exception. Now that fostering is in crisis we can no longer ignore the problem, it’s damaging retention, it’s…

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The Trisha Goddard Show
November 17, 2022

Talk TV Trisha Goddard talking to Sarah Anderson about Fostering and the John Lewis Christmas advert. “In case you didn’t notice and all those lovely adverts are on TV one of which this year is the John Lewis ad I don’t know if you’ve seen it it’s a middle-aged aged man teaching himself to skateboard…

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FosterWiki in The Times - John Lewis's ad tells only half the foster story

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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We dedicate our lives to fostering. So why are we treated with such disdain?

A large majority of carers have to cut back on essentials, as rising prices risk deepening fostering shortages. Author: Anastasia Koutsounia Published by Community Care Published on August 2nd 2022 Over half (54%) of foster carers are considering resigning because of the cost of living crisis, a survey of over 1,000 has found. Information and…

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cost of living crisis
September 29, 2022

Published by Willis Palmer, 2022 Over half of foster carer respondents to a recent survey said they are considering giving up fostering due to the impact of the cost of living crisis. More than 1,000 foster carers took part in the FosterWiki cost of living crisis survey and 89% said they are having to cut…

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Please help us keep children in their loving fostering families

A large majority of carers have to cut back on essentials, as rising prices risk deepening fostering shortages. by Anastasia Koutsounia on August 2, 2022, A community Care article Over half (54%) of foster carers are considering resigning because of the cost of living crisis, a survey of over 1,000 has found. Information and advice…

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Foster Carer’s Mental Health
July 28, 2022

Author: Sarah Anderson FosterWiki Founder I came into fostering from working in mental health in the NHS. Once I embarked on my fostering career and experienced the toll it takes on a carer’s mental health, I was staggered to find that it is not just a lack of awareness or support for a foster carer’s…

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Author: Sarah Anderson FosterWiki Founder The foster carers pay debacle – why are we literally paying for their mistakes? Right now huge numbers of foster carers across the UK looking after the country’s most vulnerable children are being left unpaid. Many have to rely on overdrafts or loans from family and friends. Foster carer’s payments…

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We dedicate our lives to fostering. So why are we treated with such disdain?

The children we take in have often had harrowing lives. We give them round-the-clock care under immense scrutiny – yet we have no workers’ rights. Author: Sarah Anderson Wednesday saw a landmark ruling: a UK employment tribunal recognised two foster care workers as employees. The carers, Christine and James Johnstone had sought the recognition of…

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Employment rights for foster carers are essential to give children stability
July 27, 2022

Author Sarah Anderson  We need legal recognition as workers if we are to give the children in our care the security they need. Last week a fellow foster care worker came to me, desperate for help. They had been repeatedly forced to use a food bank in order to provide for the child in their…

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