Celebrating Foster Care Fortnight 2024

Foster Care Fortnight 2024 is from 13th to 26th May celebrating the theme of ‘Fostering Moments’.

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What is Foster Care Fortnight?

Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign by The Fostering Network to help raise awareness about fostering and the important impact foster carers have on the lives of children and young people in their care.

This year’s Foster Care Fortnight is taking place between Monday 13th to Sunday 26th May 2024, with the theme of ‘Fostering Moments’.

Why is Fostering Awareness Needed?

There are currently over 4,000 children in Scotland needing a foster home. However, in 2022, there were approximately only 3,261 foster households in Scotland.

Fostering is a financially supported and emotionally rewarding vocation. Foster carers with Swiis also benefit from the support, training, and guidance needed to ensure they are equipped for the role of fostering.

Whether becoming a foster carer is something you may have considered for a long time, or you are in the early stages of researching, Foster Care Fortnight is an opportunity to learn more about this incredibly rewarding career, the benefits it can bring you and your family, and the difference you can make.

Foster care fortnight
Foster care fortnight

What is Swiis Foster Care Scotland Doing to Celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2024?

For this year’s Foster Care Fortnight, we have asked our foster carers to share their favourite #FosteringMoment and why that moment holds a special place in their heart.

Check out what our foster carers’ favourite fostering moment is below, or follow our Facebook or Instagram pages to join in the conversation and share your own #FosteringMoment.

If you would like to learn more about fostering, please get in touch with our friendly team and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have

‘Fostering Moments’ from our Foster Carers

“A young asylum seeker came to live with me over two years ago, aged 17 years. He had undergone a dangerous and hazardous journey from the Middle East.

He is a Kurdish Muslim and had many challenges finding himself in a place where the language, culture and faith were alien to him. What followed was a sharp learning curve for both him and I but he applied himself to learning the language (we initially used a translation app) which he quickly picked up and eventually started an ESOL course at college.

I also found I had to adjust many of my practices such as shopping and cooking halal food, researching his cultural background and journey because he was initially reluctant to talk about home as it was upsetting for him.

I had many “fostering moments” but the most joyous one was the day he received his Home Office decision giving him the right to remain. This gave him the safety, and security he could not get in his home country, and the ability to turn his dreams into reality.

This young man had been at college for two years, learned English, has travelled to London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and has set up his new list of goals, such as passing his driving test, getting a part time job, receiving his first passport, booking an overseas trip, and registering for housing.

Each of these milestones were achieved by hard work, application and “dreams can come true” attitude. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to help and support him on his journey.”

Agnes

Wilma & Tam

“Our memorable moments are seeing our K being a young girl of 13 who had never been on a plane or been abroad and seeing her face when she did so for the first time. We then watched her grow into a lovely young lady now nearly 21, who has been a part of our family’s lives and gets on so well with us all. The highlight now is seeing her hold down a job and working hard, we will all certainly miss her when she leaves – if she does leave.”

Wilma & Tam

Wilma & Tam

Start Your Fostering Journey

With thousands of children coming into foster care in the UK everyday, we urgently need foster carers more than ever.

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Do you know anyone who would be a fantastic foster carer who has the skills and compassion to support a child or young person in need of a loving home?

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