Foster Care Fortnight takes place between 16-29 May 2016. The annual awareness raising campaign aims to encourage a diverse range of people with the right skills and qualities to foster to come forward to meet the needs of children in care.
With a shortage of 10,000 foster carers across the UK, more foster carers are needed to provide children with safe and caring homes while they are unable to live with their own families.
In 2014 the Fostering Network charity had their 40 year anniversary so you can imagine the celebrations that took place!
The focus of events during the fortnight are to encourage more people to foster and think about what it takes to give a child a loving home. The theme for 2016 is ‘Time to Foster, Time to Care’.
For more information about how you can get involved in fostering, or how you support the work of the Fostering Network go to the Foster Care Fortnight website.
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Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. It is also the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.
Foster Care Fortnight 2016 will take place from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 May 2016. The theme will be Time to Foster, Time to Care.
What is Foster Care Fortnight?
Foster Care Fortnight receives in excess of 1,000 pieces of media coverage each year, and The Fostering Network is delighted to receive the backing of celebrities and politicians from across the UK who lend their support to our campaign.
This year’s theme
The theme for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight is Time to Foster, Time to Care. We want to spread the message that for many prospective foster carers NOW is the time to care and NOW is the time to foster.
As part of Foster Care Fortnight, and the Time to Foster, Time to Care theme, we will also be making use of the statistic that every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family. This means that during Foster Care Fortnight over 1,000 children will require a foster family. Of course, the exact figure will vary depending where you are, but regardless of where you are there is a need for more foster families right across the UK.
How can I get involved in Foster Care Fortnight?
Spread the word
If you are already a foster carer you can talk to others about fostering – we often find that existing foster carers are the best advert for fostering. If you’re not a foster carer already, perhaps now is the time for you to consider becoming one.
Show your support through social media
- Download the ‘Every 20 minutes’ placard (available in English and Welsh), write in your favourite 20 minutes of last year, take your photo and email it to us or tweet it with the hashtag #FCF2016 and tagging in @fosteringnet. This will highlight the every 20 minute statistic and show your support for Foster Care Fortnight.
- Change your Twitter profile picture to the Foster Care Fortnight clock.
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the Foster Care Fortnight clock.
Could you foster?
Could you foster? Do you have the skills and qualities to be one of the thousands of people we need to come forward to foster? Do you have the skills and qualities fostering services are looking for? Find a fostering service near you to start your fostering journey.
Watch this film to find out the difference that foster carers can make to the lives of young people
Any donation that you can give will help us continue our life-changing work transforming fostered children’s lives. There are a number of ways you can fundraise during Foster Care Fortnight:
- Join us for a Foster Walk, a family friendly sponsored walk with fostering families, taking place across the UK.
- Take part in your own 20 minute fundraising challenge
- Find a fundraising idea in our 25 Ways to Fundraise sheet.
- If you like a challenge, go the extra mile, and sign up for atrek or adventure.
- Make a donation online or, to donate £10, text ‘FOST05 £10’ to 70070.
Support for fostering services
A range of resources and support is available to support fostering services to make the most of the Foster Care Fortnight theme.
Please contact our media team or phone 020 7620 6425 for any media enquiries about this year’s campaign or any other work by The Fostering Network.