Fostering and Adoption

The Minister for Children & Families visits foster organisations

Left to Right - Jim Cockburn, Founder of the Martin James Foundation, Nadhim Zahawi, The Minister for Children & Families , Steve Stockley, Head of Service at Foster Talk

Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, recently visited the Martin James Group offices as a guest of FosterTalk. FosterTalk provides independent support to foster carers and their families throughout the UK and is committed to the welfare and opportunities for children in care.

FosterTalk have been delivering the DfE’s Fosterline service since June 2013 and have established positive relationships with the incumbent Children’s Minister throughout those years of delivery. Since his appointment in January 2018, FosterTalk have sought the visit of the current Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Fostering good education

Children in fostering

Statistically, children in care struggle to perform well in education, however more and more foster children from Hackney are going onto college and University. Over the last three years Hackney’s looked after children scored among of the highest GCSE grades across the country against their peers. This standard of good results continues, due to the work foster carers and our Virtual School do to support, encourage and nurture children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Like working with children? Have a spare room? You could be a foster carer.

foster carers

Manchester City Council are recruiting new foster carers - ideally people with experience of working with children who have a physical or learning disability. Is that you?

Fostering can mean taking in a child for a couple of nights, caring for a child for several months, or even having a child living with you for many years. 

foster carersChildren need different types of foster care depending on their circumstances. You can stick to a particular kind of fostering that suits you. Or you can try different kinds. It's up to you.

Charities publish complimentary schools guides for adoptive parents and school staff

schools guides

Adoption UK and PAC-UK have published two complementary education guides, for adoptive parents and school staff, to help ensure adopted children get the best possible educational start in life.

The guides explain why these vulnerable children may need additional support in school, what educational entitlements they can attract and what support is available for them.

Adoption UK’s guide Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - A guide for adoptive parents includes information about Virtual School Heads (VSHs), Designated Teachers (DTs), Priority School Admission and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+).

Towergate helps Littlehampton boy towards his aim of raising £66,000 for children in foster care


·        Towergate CEO, David Ross, donates £1,000 on behalf of the business
·        Care Team joining Tom in Brighton Colour Run - Saturday 17th September

Towergate is supporting Tom Fisher, an 11 year old Littlehampton school boy, in his bid to raise £1 for each of the 66,000 children currently living in foster care in the UK.  

There are a number of activities that Tom has planned to help reach his target of £66,000, including taking part in a colour run with his family on Saturday 17th September. Members of the Towergate Care Team will be running alongside Tom and his family encouraging him every step of the way.

Could you foster a child for Dorset County Council?

Could you foster a child for Dorset County Council?

486 children in Dorset are in the care of the local authority. This number is likely to increase to 500.

Dorset County Council’s fostering service currently has 181 households who are approved foster carers who provide caring, safe and nurturing homes to many of these children.

However, we need more foster carers to ensure all these children can continue to live within their own communities.

An additional 100 fostering households could ensure every Dorset child who needs to live for any period of time with a foster family will be placed close to their community where they have family, friends and can continue to attend school.