Tag Archives: Foster Care

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2017 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. Around 320 children were recognised for their efforts, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people, spanning toddlers to young adults, were commended across five […]

Why it’s good to ‘Stay Put’

Foster Carers and the young people they care for are being encouraged to stay together longer, to help give young care leavers a smoother journey into adulthood. Brother and sister – Dale, 19, and Kaleigh, 17 – have thrived growing up with their Foster family in Somerset. In this short video, they talk about why […]

‘Lean on Me’ sing Somerset foster carers

Today (18 March) Somerset foster carers and Somerset County Council staff took part in a ‘flash mob’ in the heart of Taunton to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in the county. Joined by Taunton community choir ‘Company of Voices’, the group sang Bill Withers’ classic song ‘Lean on Me’ to highlight […]

Foster carers share their inspirational stories

Foster carers in Somerset have committed their inspirational stories to film to help raise the profile of their role during National Foster Care Fortnight (12-25 May). Somerset County Council aims to get people thinking about fostering and what they could offer a child in care. Our foster carers do an amazing job, providing a family, […]

Pay and progression for foster carers

The valuable work of foster carers has today been recognised by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet as they approved a scheme to pay them. Previously, foster carers only received an allowance to cover the cost of looking after a child, which pays for utility bills, clothes, food and pocket money. Only foster carers providing specialist placements […]