Noah’s Campaign

Preventing broken attachments through care


‘It takes a village to raise a child’ originates from an African proverb and conveys the message that it takes many people (the ‘village’) to provide a safe, healthy environment for children, where children are given the security they need to develop and flourish and to be able to realise their hopes and dreams.
The FosterWiki Team

“Attachments are the golden thread of life, our relationships with others are what makes us feel whole, what safeguards our mental health, what defines our wellbeing and future. Imagine being a child in care and being robbed of these most fundamental connections, the connections that underpin our entire self. We are supposed to be giving looked after children a better life, not plunging them into this dystopian nightmare”

Niki Kalisperas, FosterWiki Campaign Manager

Introduction to our campaign to prevent broken attachments

Children come into care suffering one of the most primal traumatic experiences, being separated from their mothers and fathers, on top of that they have experienced many acute adverse childhood experiences. Our role as a whole community is to prevent any further harm and to protect and repair their mental health and well-being.

In April 2023 FosterWiki published an article ‘A little boy’s heartbreaking journey to adoption’ or Noah’s story as we call it. The response was overwhelming from everyone and anyone in the children’s care sector, from those who have experienced care first-hand, to foster carers, siblings, extended family, adopters, social workers and more.

We had story after story, many identical, all saying the same thing, that in fact we were not protecting and looking after the crucial attachments our children had after all.

The impacts this has on a child’s development and across their whole lives is well researched and documented, and the statistics for looked-after children speak for themselves (see below).

We have to do better, we can do better.

Our goal to prevent broken attachments

See below our goals on how we want to help prevent broken attachments:

For the children

Our plan to achieve our goals to prevent broken attachments



Care experience young adult
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“I had to move from London to Brighton to go to a new foster carer. Why should I be punished and moved away from my friends and school’”
Social Worker
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“A child who has already experienced trauma and loss is re-traumatised totally unnecessarily by these short transitions in order to fill timescales and to fit in with existing caseloads. These children need their worker to be trauma informed, however there is but a cursory not to this well recognised way of working. In my experience there is a failure to consider the impact of the move on the child.”
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“Our children need robust support in place from the start, schools and all the professions need to be trained in trauma and attachment issues, we were not aware of this before we adopted, we are now experts but have struggled all the way our children struggle the most "

There comes a point that we have to stop just pulling people out of the river. We have to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.