WEXBABY meets The Fostering Network
At the ages of seven and nine, my older sister and I were taken into Foster Care after our Mother, who suffered from addiction found herself unable to care for us properly. After being passed back and forth between social services and our Mum, we were eventually raised by our Foster parents full time. We were lucky enough to be put with a couple who loved us so much that they went from being emergency short term foster carers to life long parents, ensuring that my sister and I grew up together in a stable and loving environment.
Even though we lost the opportunity to grow up with our biological parents, we have been able to live a very "normal" life. After attending a top school in and both going to University, we now have a successful business together that celebrates both our childlike imagination and our French heritage, something we would have lost forever were it not for our foster-parents determination to maintain ties with our biological grandparents in France. Unfortunately, other children who find themselves taken into the care system are not as lucky.
A huge shortage of Foster carers results in kids being constantly moved a lot and split up from their siblings. Children with such unsettled home lives are often overlooked and miss out on opportunities.
N O E L T E E S
This Christmas, we are proudly collaborating with the wonderful charity, The Fostering Network, who work tirelessly to ensure all fostered children and young people experience stable family life. Their amazing dedication ensures best practise and they constantly advocate for the best for both children and foster carers. We will be donating 20% of all Noel items purchased.
THE FOSTERING NETWORK
WHAT WE DO..
Every 20 minutes a child becomes in need of a foster carer somewhere in the UK. There are 55,000 foster carers looking after 64,000 children and young people across Great Britain.
As the UK’s leading fostering charity, we are the essential network for fostering and we bring together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children. We support foster carers to transform children’s lives and we work with fostering services and the wider sector to develop and share best practice.
We work to ensure all fostered children and young people experience stable family life and we are passionate about the difference foster care makes.
We champion fostering and seek to create vital change so that foster care is the very best it can be.