Tag Archives: fostering

The Seven Steps to Making a Difference

It’s one of the biggest questions asked by people coming forward to Foster for Somerset County Council: ‘What I have to do to be a Foster Carer’? There are Seven Steps every prospective Foster Carer has to take, to approval and beyond. Recently-approved Foster Carers, Zoe and Ian Tofield from Glastonbury, are sharing their experience […]

Save the date! Fire + Fostering event for ‘Pioneering’ people

If you work for the police, fire or ambulance services, or in health, education, a local authority or charity – and would consider fostering a child in need – Somerset County Council has an important date for your diary. The Council is teaming up with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to host a […]

Trudy & Matt, Episode Two: “It’s all about teamwork at the end of the day”

Episode Two of an enthusiastic Somerset Fostering couple’s new, documentary-style fostering video blog, giving an insight into their fostering experiences, can now be watched online. Somerset County Council Foster Carers, Trudy and Matt Patch, have recorded their second “v-log” on why having a strong support network in fostering is so important to them. In it, […]

Bridgwater shows-off children’s creations

People visiting Bridgwater Library are now being greeted by the bright and brilliant creations of Somerset children currently in care. The artwork by 11-to-16-year-olds, many of whom are cared for by Somerset County Council Foster Carers, aims to celebrate their dreams, aspirations, passions and interests. Vitally it also hopes to inspire more people to become […]

Fancy Fostering to Adopt? Come along to our Costa Coffee evenings this February

People eager to give a young child a loving and stable family life are being urged to drop in for a cuppa this February. Somerset County Council is specifically seeking people who want to embrace its rewarding Fostering to Adopt initiative for children aged 0 to 4 and older. Fostering to Adopt places a child […]

Jade’s 2016 Message: Without my foster mum, I wouldn’t be who I am today

A 21 year-old care-leaver who had a life-changing experience in foster care wants to see more people fostering older children and teenagers in Somerset. Jade Gillard was fostered at the age of 14 when an incident at home meant she couldn’t stay with her family any longer. Today she is an energetic Somerset County Council […]

National recognition for Fostering and Adoption recruitment Service

The efforts of the team which recruits and trains foster carers in Somerset have been recognised for their innovative and helpful approach at a highly prestigious national awards ceremony last week. Somerset County Council’s Foster and Adoption Recruitment Service beat off tough competition to make it to the awards evening and were recognised as runners […]

“We foster as a family”

A 16 year-old from Mendip has written about what it’s like to grow up in a family that fosters. Rachel James’s parents began fostering with Somerset County Council when they were in their early twenties, before she was born. Her mum and dad have cared for children ranging from new-born babies up to teenagers, and […]

One man’s fostering journey captured on film

Somerset foster carer Michael, from Wincanton, has shared his Foster Panel experience on film in a bid to show people that it is not as scary as they might think. The Foster Panel is made up of a group of people who consider whether a person is suitable to be approved to foster. The Panel […]

‘Being fostered put me on the straight and narrow’

A mum-of-two who was fostered as a teenager has shared her story to highlight how two ordinary people have made an extraordinary difference to her as foster carers in Somerset. Allie went to live with Bill and Maggie, foster carers with Somerset County Council, when she was 16, after her mum’s partner became abusive. Having […]