Monthly Archives: January 2020


Children in Care Statistics: England

The figures presented below are taken from statistical reports gathered and published by government departments and bodies. Details of sources are provided at the foot of this page. LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN On 31st March 2019: 78,150 children were in the care of local authorities, up 4% on 31 March 2018the rate of looked after children per [...]

By | January 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opening up our home – Abid and Shabnam’s story

Abid and Shabnam live in Birmingham and have been foster carers for over 10 years.  Our two sons had grown up. They’d both gone to London, to university, to study. And here we were in this family house, just the two of us. Then Shabnam read an article in the paper saying that there was a [...]

By | January 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Caring for teenagers – Andi’s story

Andi lives in a small market town and has been a foster carer for over 20 years. I think things happen for a reason, I don’t believe in coincidences. And so I was in the local library one day, and this bookmark fell out of a book. It was advertising a new scheme called Teencare, [...]

By | January 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amy | Fostering Stories

I was six when I first went into foster care, and I thought it would be like Annie, with Miss Hannigan! I had never been to school that much, except for Fridays when a social worker would come along to make sure we were going, but even then me and my sister tried to get out [...]

By | January 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Severe childhood deprivation reduces brain size, study finds

Brain scans of Romanian orphans adopted in UK show early neglect left its mark Children who experience severe deprivation early in life have smaller brains in adulthood, researchers have found. The findings are based on scans of young adults who were adopted as children into UK families from Romania’s orphanages that rose under the regime of the dictator Nicolae [...]

By | January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Before they can be independent, we need to give children in care opportunities to be interdependent

Throughout their early lives, young people in care are told they are on their own. It's unhealthy and we need to change the record, argues John Radoux. Do you think you are self-sufficient? Do you think you have reached independence? If you are reading this article, you definitely have not – unless you designed and [...]

By | January 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Christmas Family Celebrations!

Each year, the team at Freedom Fostering puts on a special celebration for each and every foster carer and their families. This year, we celebrated at Featherstone & Hilton Community Centre and put on a lovely spread of Jamaican themed food, as well as DJ and bouncy castle. Maureen & the team donned their best [...]

By | January 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments