This is a very difficult time for all families throughout the country and keeping everyone safe and well is a priority for us all. The decision to introduce unprecedented measures has not been taken lightly and I’m immensely proud at how our fostering community are showing just how resilient and resourceful they are. All across the board, fostering services, social workers and foster parents are demonstrating just how resourceful and adaptable they are to ensure our vulnerable children are protected.

I have been delighted that even given the current circumstances the Department for Education’s Fosterline service is still receiving enquiries from the general public to become foster parents.

If you have any questions about the current situation or anything fostering related please contact Fosterline by calling 0800 040 7675 or emailing our advisors will be able to help.

With the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 there may be an increasing number of fostering households that are self-isolating. In the worst scenarios, some foster parents may be too unwell to look after the children in their care. We may have to support fostering services to find additional help for those carers or emergency, temporary fostering placements. If you would be willing to consider offering support to fostering households or becoming a temporary carer please contact Fosterline or your local authority.

I would like to send my personal thanks to every foster carer and social worker, you perform an amazing role, you are vital within our vision for all our vulnerable children,

Vicky Ford.


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