Today marks the start of Foster Care Fortnight.
Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign run by The Fostering Network to raise the profile of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives. Last year saw the launch of the Hampshire Hive - a support network which effectively creates an ‘extended family’ for foster carers and the children they look after. Led by Hive Carer Support Workers, who are foster carers themselves, individual local ‘Hives’ offer peer-to-peer support, advice and guidance to carers; as well as social events where carers and children across the community can all come together. This is a great initiative to help support foster carers.
As well as this, support for foster carers is also available through the Hampshire Fostering Network, which works closely with the County Council and advocates for carers, putting forward their collective views where necessary. The network also provides confidential peer to peer support and guidance as well as organising events that bring fostering families together to have fun, meet others in similar situations and share experiences. You can find more information on this here: Allowances and support | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)