Five ways to take part in Foster Care Fortnight

Fiona Simpson
Friday, May 7, 2021

Foster carers, professionals and care leavers will tell the world "Why We Care" to mark Foster Care Fortnight which takes place between 10 and 23 May.

Foster care agencies are encouraging more people to adopt. Picture: Adobe Stock
Foster care agencies are encouraging more people to adopt. Picture: Adobe Stock

Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise awareness of the power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community.

The organisation is asking the whole fostering community, from foster carers to fostering services and care experienced children and young people, from fundraisers to campaigners to step up and tell the world #WhyWeCare.

Alongside The Fostering Network’s campaign, voluntary, local authority and independent foster care agencies across the UK are hosting online events and sharing creative ideas to help everyone get involved.

Here CYP Now shares five great ways to take part:

  1. Download resources from The Fostering Network’s website to share #WhyWeCare with your online and local community. Free resources include placards, graphics and social media assets to help support the campaign. They are available here.

  2. Watch Redbridge’s foster carers share their stories in a heartfelt poem called Why We Care. The poem was created and voiced by 12 of the borough’s foster carers, and reveals their experiences of fostering, as well as encouraging others to consider fostering. Watch it here.

  3. Coram is hosting an online event, in partnership with The Fostering Network, to discuss the past, present and future of Foster Care  and its invaluable role in our modern society. Making Life Good takes place on Monday 10 May at 6pm until 7pm with tickets available here.

  4. City of Wolverhampton Council is hosting a series of online information events on how to become a foster carer. The events take place on Thursday 13 May at 1pm, Saturday 15 May at 1.30pm and Thursday 20 May at 6.30pm and are available to book on the council’s foster Fostering for Wolverhampton website.

  5. Blue Sky Fostering has also organised a series of information events for potential foster carers in the south of England. The events take place for Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Devon, Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire throughout Foster Care Fortnight. More information is available here.

Are you taking part in an event during Foster Care Fortnight? Send details to or tag @CYPNow on Twitter.

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