Foster Care Fortnight is the annual awareness-raising campaign about fostering, what it is and what potential foster families offer a child in need.
Foster care placements vary, depending on the needs of the child and by raising awareness of fostering, fostering agencies and local authorities hope to fill the gap by enlisting more people to be foster carers.
To get involved, you don’t need to be a foster carer, but your support will make all the difference. Whether you currently foster, have fostered or have been a looked after child yourself, this is how everybody can get involved with the campaign.
There are 7,000 more foster families needed across the UK to offer a safe, nurturing environment to the thousands of children who can’t live with their birth families.
As you would expect, to spread the word about Foster Care Fortnight, The Fostering Network who organise and run the annual event, are relying on the power of social media amongst other things.
There are three hashtags that have been developed and you can use them in tweets, posts and updates on your social media accounts to promote awareness and support the call to recruit more foster carers.
Use #FCF18 throughout the fortnight or;
e.g. I’m from Scotland and I’m #ProudToFoster
e.g. I’m a librarian and I’m #ProudToSupportFostering
Short films are shared across social media all the time and The Fostering Network are asking foster carers to make a short film, filmed in an appropriate location or setting. As part of the short clip, complete the phrase “I’m … and I’m #ProudToFoster”.
Send the clip to email@example.com to be included in The Fostering Network’s montage.
Celebrities, musicians, politicians and stars of the sporting world are supporting Foster Care Fortnight in many ways. Some are choosing to share snippets of their own personal foster care stories, whether that was growing up for part or all of their childhood in foster care or being a foster carer.
As of December 2017, there were 6,993 children in Scotland being cared for away from the family home. Three-quarters of these children live with foster families. But 640 more foster families are needed and with a successful Foster Care Fortnight, it is not an unrealistic target to reach.
Foster Care Fortnight will launch on 14th May with a thunderclap, a massive, organised social media storm – a bit like a flash mob but online!