Ryancare Fostering nominate for Fostering Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fostering Excellence Awards – the UK’s leading Foster Care awards. This Fostering Network annual event celebrates excellence and outstanding achievement in Fostering; and recognises those who make exceptional contributions to Foster Care every year.

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A teacher, a nurse, a mum, a friend – by Debbie Douglas

Debbie Douglas is a foster carer and the Westminster Government’s fostering ambassador. Here she talks about the multiple roles a foster carer takes on – and how proud she is to say that she is a foster carer.

“Fostering is not for all people and definitely not for the faint hearted! But for me I can honestly not think of anything else in my life I’d rather be than a foster mum.

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Fostering has helped us as a family

Sean has been fostering with his wife, Marette, for many years in Northern Ireland. Marette has always worked in a childcare environment and from early in their marriage they had agreed that fostering was something they wanted to get involved in. In this blog Sean discusses their fostering experiences.

“Not everyone has good family support and we thought we would offer help where we could.

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Fostering becoming a Forces favourite

Fostering is rapidly becoming a favourite new career for those leaving the Forces or Police.

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Sessional Event Worker Opportunity

Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you have a friendly and professional demeanour? You could help us address the 10,000 Foster Carer shortfall that is currently affecting the UK.

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Walking Eye2Eye for Moorfields

This weekend sees one of our sister agency Managers, Clare Aston of the Next Step Fostering Thames Valley office, stride out on a 14 mile charity walk – from Moorfields Eye Hospital through London and finally to the London Eye – to help raise money to aid invaluable research into helping prevent blindness caused by Choroideremia.

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Changes to child car seats law on the way

Stricter rules regarding the use of booster seats are expected to come into force later this year. When approved they’ll limit the use of backless booster seats to older children. Read more>>

Backless boosters vs high-back booster seats

Backless boosters vs high-back booster seats

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Introducing your dedicated Children’s Champion

Michelle Batchelor, the Next Step Fostering Group Children's Champion.

Michelle Batchelor, Group Children’s Champion.

“I am passionate about giving young people opportunities …

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Duke of Edinburgh Award: Licensed Organisation

Michelle Batchelor, Next Step Fostering Group Children's Champion (left) and Lesley Ward, Director of the Next Step Fostering Group (right) receive their Licensed Organisation plaque from adventurer Levinson Wood (centre) at Buckingham Palace, May 2016.

Michelle Batchelor, Group Children’s Champion (left) and Lesley Ward, Director of the Next Step Fostering Group (right) receive their Licensed Organisation plaque from adventurer Levinson Wood (centre) at Buckingham Palace, May 2016.

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@BBCRadio4: The Listening Project

Shares thoughts of real people on embracing change: Georgia & Clive, experienced foster carers, talk about the challenges and rewards of saying goodbye to foster children in to adoption.
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