Here’s where you can keep up to date with fostering related news, events, and blog posts, carefully selected by us for their relevance and appeal to anyone who is considering a professional career as a foster carer for a local authority or an independent fostering provider.
Because we regularly update the content here, you may find it helpful to bookmark this page for easy reference whenever you are online and want to ‘catch up’.
Send us your contributions for publication.
We encourage and welcome articles and opinion pieces from fostering agencies, foster carers, and their families and children and young people in care, and anyone else with personal experience of fostering. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure editorial approval:
1: Your article must be your own originally written and authentic work.
- It should also be personally submitted by the author. Each submission is screened to assure its’ originality. Content that is found to exist elsewhere will not be accepted because this can compromise this site’s search-engine visibility as a source of original content, however, once published you are welcome to link from this site to as many others as you wish.
2: Your article should contain between 750-1,500 words.
You may also provide an image or photographs but we do not accept photographs of, or that could identify looked-after children or young people, whether consent is given or not—no exceptions. You should also take care not to ‘rip’ images from search engines or elsewhere as these may be subject to licence fees.
3: Your article must cover a topic of direct relevance to people exploring fostering or who are just starting their fostering career.
For people thinking about fostering, or being assessed, or who have recently been approved, detailed analyses of Government legislation, or articles containing large amounts of statistical data are, well, a turn off. Please ensure your article is appropriate to the core audience of this site, both in terms of its’ theme and use of language; avoiding jargon where possible.
4: No article may contain direct fostering recruitment contact details, invitations to fostering information events, or any ‘golden handshake’ recruitment inducements.
That would, simply, be free advertising; it would undermine the investment that other agencies have made in buying a Featured Agency Carer Recruitment Package and our own mission to achieve Full National Care Placement Sufficiency. However, you may include one link to your own website and to one social media account.
Before sending us your article, please also consider:
? Do Fostering exists to raise awareness of fostering in a positive way. Generally speaking the tone of your article should reflect this. Submissions must not be specifically critical of, or provocative towards other fostering organisations. Constructive criticism, presented in a balanced way, is welcome.
? Articles that we feel to be promotional in nature will be edited or refused. What is published here must be original, well written and interesting to read, and add to prospective foster carers’ insight into fostering and the assessment journey into it.
? As a resource for prospective foster carers, it would not be helpful to publish pieces that seek to position special guardianship or adoption or any other route to parenthood as superior to fostering. Visitors to this website are not here to look for such information.
? This section is not the place for advertising, but the fostering agency search pages provide the opportunity to place direct advertising to attract and recruitment new foster carers. Submissions by fostering agencies therefore typically end with: ‘This article was written by A N Other, of ABC Fostering. More information can be found at www·abcfostering·com or at facebook.com/abcfostering.’
? The inclusion of agency logos and other branded elements are exclusively reserved for fostering agencies that have paid for a Featured Agency Carer Recruitment Package within the agency search section of the site. Subject to availability and at editorial discretion, we accept one free of charge article submission per fostering service per year.
? Our editorial control ensures a consistent standard of quality so that prospective foster carers know their regular visits to this page will provide a reliable source of original, up to date, and insightful information.
? If you need help with copywriting, or finding images to appear alongside your article, just let us know and we can you support you. Short proof reading is provided free of charge, whilst professional copy-editing and article-writing on your behalf is charged at £55.00 per hour plus VAT.