Category fostering

Rachel, 21, steps up to coronavirus fostering challenge

Faced with the uncertainties of lockdown during a pandemic, there are not too many 21-year-olds who would think about taking on two young foster children. But Rachel is different from most young people and has spent the past two months being an emergency foster carer to a two-year-old boy and his year-old sister. And the […]

Foster couple shares uplifting story in Pride month

A young Somerset couple fostering two teenage brothers say parenting a family had always been a dream they felt they may never achieve, simply because they are the same sex. Tristan and Luke, a gay couple in their 30s, say fostering has opened up a new world of fun, love and a host of new […]

Callum makes his way in life after ‘foster carers really do care’

“Foster carers really do care” – that’s not a slogan or a soundbite, but the words of a young man who is making his way in life thanks to the support he received from Somerset County Council’s amazing foster carers. As the Council marks Foster Care Fortnight, Callum is sharing his experiences of life in […]

Appeal goes out for short-term foster carers

Somerset County Council is appealing for potential short-term foster carers to come forward to help children and young people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Recruits will help care for children looked after, aged 0-18, and will be provided with all the support given to mainstream foster carers including a supervising social worker and weekly fee […]

Virtual training for potential foster carers

Vital work to recruit new foster carers in Somerset is continuing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic thanks to technology. Somerset County Council’s Fostering service brought together 25 potential foster carers for a two-day preparation course using an online virtual platform that allowed all taking part to interact. The Skills to Foster course is usually run […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering

Come talk to us during Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May) and find out how you can ‘mind the gap’ between the high number of Somerset children we have in care and the number of foster carers needed. Somerset does not have enough foster carers to meet demand. We have over 500 […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her partner Liz […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]