Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Chat to us on Twitter about fostering

Last night we hosted our second #adoptfosterchat alongside Fostering Network focusing this time on fostering. If you were unable to join in the discussion live, read on below for a transcript of the chatter! Most recent tweets appear first.


trickykidzmum
RT @BAAFAdoption: Any foster carers in the house? #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
Bye everyone #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@BAAFAdoption @fosteringnet Goodnight and thanks again. T* #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@spursblogger Thanks Alan! #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
Thanks to @BAAFAdoption and @fosteringnet and everyone else on the chat #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@fosteringnet and thanks to those lovely people at the Fostering Network #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Goodnight all! #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger Thank you. I also know now that if caring for ch for longer than 12 mo can apply to Court for adoption order #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
Don't forget to look at my new blog n feel free to add/comment. Thanks T* http://tinyurl.com/3e67f7q #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@BAAFAdoption ta to BAAF for organising. have I done enough for the publications budget? #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
#adoptfosterchat thanks everyone - been great to chat to you all! We are over @fosteringnet or on Facebook at http://tiny.cc/y0me4

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles SSDs risk averse so scared. Shouldn't be that way but is. Commit to good diversity practice, will be fine #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Some conferences that may be of interest - http://bit.ly/mPR3rf and http://bit.ly/kY3hdN #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
And of course, our advice lines: http://bit.ly/mFGCam #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@BAAFAdoption Whilst fosterin n adoption r different processes there are also a lot of similarities. T* #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Thanks to everyone for joining in tonight - see our blog tomorrow for a full round-up http://bit.ly/h7qn9v #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles ask them for full reasons, as @Theresauno says, appeal. Church should not be prob if don't force it on child #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Theresauno They require separate assessments and are distinct processes #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@PottiJo because her faith makes her case "very complex" grrrr, so silly and very discriminatory #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@PottiJo My friend who is applying to adopt has been told outright that's why her case has been passed to a supervisor #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@Joanne_Coles Crikey that would be very discriminatory practice if it was linked to that! #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
@BAAFAdoption Thank you for all your answers. Lots to think about. #Adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Julesinshort You would need to talk through with the agency about which you are more interested in #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger I have an inkling it may be linked to my churchgoing ... although I certainly hope not! #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@Joanne_Coles R u appealing against the decision? T* #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles don't understand that. It's no good reason. At all. #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
Can you foster and apply to adopt at the same time? #Adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Julesinshort if you have commitment, understanding of children you can foster. Parents don't make good carers necessarily #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Julesinshort Might be worth having a chat to Fosterline (0800 040 7675) about becoming a foster carer #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
"Child care experience" can be through extended family and friends #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
RT @BAAFAdoption: @Julesinshort You don't need to have been a parent, would probably benefit from experience in child care #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Fostering a child: http://bit.ly/kZMnsT #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@Theresauno We want to move so we have have more space for everyone! Haven't had official ltr yet, mtg was 6 weeks ago #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@Julesinshort I've never had children Juliette...but I've fostered for about 16yrs now! Go for it! T* #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Mum2Rocky_Mally @Joanne_Coles such dogmatic narrow attitudes infuriate me. Carer is phenomenally valuable resource #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Julesinshort You don't need to have been a parent but would probably benefit from experience in child care #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Julesinshort You can be a foster carer if you don't have your own children - have a look at CYF http://tiny.cc/xu4lw #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@Joanne_Coles @spursblogger My foster children movd wiv me! Have u had chance 2 explore every ave wiv S/W? #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
What if people have never had children. Does this make it too difficult to foster #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@Julesinshort In my personal view that wud b a brilliant choice n shud b advice for potetial adopters... @BAAFAdoption ?? #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@Joanne_Coles Crikey that would be very discriminatory practice if it was linked to that! #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
@BAAFAdoption Thank you for all your answers. Lots to think about. #Adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Julesinshort You would need to talk through with the agency about which you are more interested in #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger I have an inkling it may be linked to my churchgoing ... although I certainly hope not! #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@Joanne_Coles R u appealing against the decision? T* #adoptfosterchat

Paulcoxon81
RT @BAAFAdoption: "Child care experience" can be through extended family and friends #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles don't understand that. It's no good reason. At all. #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
Can you foster and apply to adopt at the same time? #Adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Julesinshort if you have commitment, understanding of children you can foster. Parents don't make good carers necessarily #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Julesinshort Might be worth having a chat to Fosterline (0800 040 7675) about becoming a foster carer #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
"Child care experience" can be through extended family and friends #adoptfosterchat

Paulcoxon81
RT @BAAFAdoption: RT @robertcgage: @BAAFAdoption Having just adopted,I think foster carers are superhuman.They were magnificent to our 2 boys

spursblogger
RT @BAAFAdoption: @Julesinshort You don't need to have been a parent, would probably benefit from experience in child care #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @Theresauno: @Julesinshort I've never had children Juliette...but I've fostered for about 16yrs now! Go for it! T* #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Fostering a child: http://bit.ly/kZMnsT #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@Theresauno We want to move so we have have more space for everyone! Haven't had official ltr yet, mtg was 6 weeks ago #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@Julesinshort I've never had children Juliette...but I've fostered for about 16yrs now! Go for it! T* #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Mum2Rocky_Mally @Joanne_Coles such dogmatic narrow attitudes infuriate me. Carer is phenomenally valuable resource #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Julesinshort You don't need to have been a parent but would probably benefit from experience in child care #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Julesinshort You can be a foster carer if you don't have your own children - have a look at CYF http://tiny.cc/xu4lw #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@Joanne_Coles @spursblogger My foster children movd wiv me! Have u had chance 2 explore every ave wiv S/W? #adoptfosterchat

Julesinshort
What if people have never had children. Does this make it too difficult to foster #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger Apparently my home life isn't stable because I have my house up for sale??? #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@BAAFAdoption @robertcgage Wow that is really nice 2 hear. Thanks for sharin that wiv us FCs. T* #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@robertcgage Thanks for the feedback about your experience :) #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
RT @BAAFAdoption: RT @robertcgage: @BAAFAdoption Having just adopted,I think foster carers are superhuman.They were magnificent to our 2 boys

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles sorry to hear. Hope this was not because of prejudice against foster carers who adopt. needs of the child! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @robertcgage: @BAAFAdoption Having just adopted,I think foster carers are superhuman.They were magnificent to our 2 boys #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Joanne_Coles @BAAFAdoption Glad to hear that we were able to help #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@theNAFP welcome to my friends at NAFP #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@Theresauno It's so hard sometimes #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@Joanne_Coles Sorry 2 hear that Joanne. I know how attached we can get 2 the children. T* #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Joanne_Coles Have you spoken to Fosterline? They might be able to advise (0800 040 7675 9-5 Mon-Fri) #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@BAAFAdoption Thank you, I spoke to someone lovely at Fostering Network the other day. Very very helpful! #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Theresauno There has been some great stuff up and down the UK for FCF - we have flagged some others at @fosteringnet #adoptfosterchat #fcf

BAAFAdoption
@Joanne_Coles FYI: advice lines here if needed http://bit.ly/mFGCam #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger I hope that happens! It needs to happen because it will have huge benefit to the children we care for #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles ..tell your SW this next time you feel left out! #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@theNAFP I think u r absolutey right...and I think fosterin has changed ova last twenty or so yrs too. T* #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles and treat carers as fellow profs. Wonder how long will take for culture to change but it's a great move. #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@Theresauno They can, yes, but I've recently been turned down to adopt the 19mo I've had since she was born :-( #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@Joanne_Coles is wrong, sadly experience of many carers. New Regs, Standards place duty on SSDs to make FCs part of team #adoptfosterchat

Mum2Rocky_Mally
@BAAFAdoption oops! #adoptfosterchat

theNAFP
#adoptfosterchat I don't think foster care is as well understood as adoption by most people and that's a problem for recruitment

Thersauno
@Joanne_Coles @BAAFAdoption As far as I no FCs can adopt in England as long as it is the best placement for the child. #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Joanne_Coles It's really great to get to chat to everyone! Hope you enjoy it #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@BAAFAdoption I definitely think we should aim to be more like the US so parents can foster and then adopt #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@spursblogger if you are interested in the recruitment of FCs, there is some good stuff at http://tiny.cc/3sq6e #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Mum2Rocky_Mally Remember to add #adoptfosterchat to your tweet to join the discussion :)

Thersauno
@Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Bt even if the motivation is different would adopters nt b better prepared experiencin it?..#adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @Mum2Rocky_Mally: "I think that is a fab idea - I like that in USA most foster carers are foster to adopt :)" #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@spursblogger ... seem to be a real part of the team but rather a kind of babysitter #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
#adoptfosterchat ...longrunning, positive images, on TV, papers and web. Cares then approach local SSD or independent sector

Joanne_Coles
@BAAFAdoption The motivation is totally different, until you get that foster child you want to adopt! #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
#adoptfosterchat my Big Idea - ask DfE to run a national campaign for foster carers along same lines as TV ads for teachers cont

fosteringnet
If anyone is interested in becoming a FC, Could You Foster is a good place to start http://tiny.cc/01zm6 #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@BAAFAdoption ..comin in2 yr life thru training n 10days intros? #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Theresauno Usually the motivation from the adult is quite different for each #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@fosteringnet What a wonderful idea! I love it #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@BAAFAdoption What do u think about potential adopters trying out fostering first? Can u really eva b prepared for child ..#adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Joanne_Coles Hi! #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Did you see this? The big freeze in Blackburn - http://tinyurl.com/3g5e6fr #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
On the topics of books... Foster care: some questions answered - http://bit.ly/m7cMnS #adoptfosterchat

Fosterbristol
RT @BAAFAdoption: Achieving permanence in foster care: http://bit.ly/mD7vNd #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Joanne_Coles Welcome! #adoptfosterchat

Joanne_Coles
@BAAFAdoption Hello all, coming in a little late #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Theresauno That's a shame - did you see any local newspaper coverage? #adoptfosterchat

PottiJO
@BAAFAdoption @spursblogger Although I'm not on the fostering panel is useful info for me on the adoption panel methinks #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@PottiJo @spursblogger if you are members of the Fostering Network we have a RL on permanence http://tiny.cc/ntqvm #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@BAAFAdoption yes, I'm sure that's it. Available by post and from all good bookshops #adoptfosterchat

Paulcoxon81
RT @BAAFAdoption: Achieving permanence in foster care: http://bit.ly/mD7vNd #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@BAAFAdoption I didn't notice much advertisin myself bt I live mid nowhere. Howeva, local S.S had hi numba of inquiries. #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@BAAFAdoption @spursblogger I expect the fostering services locally have it I'll ask omorrow! LOL #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@PottiJo you might find it useful to talk this through with Fosterline on 0800 040 7675 (9-5 Mon-Fri) #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Achieving permanence in foster care: http://bit.ly/mD7vNd #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@spursblogger Yes I can see how tht would work. Maybe more difficult with children only fostered for brief periods #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@spursblogger Was this the one? http://bit.ly/mD7vNd #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@spursblogger @PottiJo For me respite is important 2 recharge batteries n give my best 2 the children. so I pay for it. #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@PottiJo errr... ! it's in the BAAF book about permanence I think Schofield is one author *he says vaguely* I'll check #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@PropertyHoliday 5 moves in 6mths because of holidays sounds possibly like really poor matchin? #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@PottiJo our carers get to know each other, training so c'ren do too. Informal and natural so easier to sort out a break #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@2Moms_and_baby However at a deep level I expect it will have impacted on her. xx #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
What did you all think of the recent #fostercarefortnight campaign? #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@Thersauno You sound like a lovely FC #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@spursblogger Thats v interesting. Can you point me to the research? #adoptfosterchat

2Moms_and_baby
@PottiJo #adoptfosterchat luckily this was all within first 6 months of her life! We brought her home at 6.5 monthsc

spursblogger
@PottiJo ..but research shows respite sustains difficult placements. Many SSDs won't accept respite in perm placements #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@2Moms_and_baby Thats very unsettling for a small person #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@spursblogger @PottiJo Agree Alan. I usually have once mth respite n kids enjoy goin as regular carers. #adoptfosterchat

PropertyHoliday
#adoptfosterchat it meant my Dd had 5 moves in 6 months cos fc went on holiday!: #adoptfosterchat it meant my Dd... bit.ly/kmfba3

PottiJo
@spursblogger Excellent suggestion! Might mention that at panel tomorrow! #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@PottiJo balance between needs of carers and c'ren. If respite disrupts placement, has to be no or not now #adoptfosterchat cont

2Moms_and_baby
#adoptfosterchat it meant my Dd had 5 moves in 6 months cos fc went on holiday!

Thersauno
@PottiJo Task centred, specialist. Short term?? My short temrs have usually been 18mths to 2yr #adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@Thersauno Agree with you there! That would be very unsettling again. #adoptfosterchat

spursblogger
@PottiJo solution is to have good links between careres the year round so children happy to stay with friends who they know #adoptfosterchat

2Moms_and_baby
#adoptfosterchat Ahhh I get it now lol

Theresauno
@PottiJo @fosteringnet @BAAFAdoption I really believe honesty is best policy.Wud nt expect FC 2 leave newly placd child. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@2Moms_and_baby add #adoptfosterchat to your tweet to join the conversation :)

PottiJo
@Thersauno Are you a long term foster carer or do they stay short term as I think that makes a difference #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
#adoptfosterchat Usual preference is for looked after children to go on holiday with their foster carer...

PottiJo
@Thersauno @fosteringnet @BAAFAdoption Sounds gd. What if it's children who have several moves? #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
I've always believed in bein totally honest wiv kids. So hols/respite mean a break and a rest from each other. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @Theresauno "Personally I think it is if handled correctly. I take kids abroad 2 wks n have 1 wk alone. T*" #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@PottiJo @fosteringnet @BAAFAdoption I think it is if handled correctly. I take kids abroad 2 wks n have 1 wk alone. T* #adoptfosterchat

Thersauno
@BAAFAdoption Hi.....Theresa here.....#adoptfosterchat

PottiJo
@fosteringnet @BAAFAdoption Is it acceptable for foster parents to go on holiday and put the children into respite? #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@spursblogger Hi Alan - glad that you could join us! #adoptfosterchat

fosteringnet
@BAAFAdoption Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from everyone! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Any foster carers in the house? #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Hiiii everyone! Welcome to the second #adoptfosterchat, hosted by yours truly and the lovely @fostering.net


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