Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fostering information session

Please join us for a cup of tea and a chat at our information session on fostering. There will be the opportunity to hear foster carers talk about their experiences. Friendly social workers will also be available for you to have a chat about your individual circumstances should you wish. Refreshments will be provided. There is no need to book in advance.

Join Tower Hamlets fostering family

When you become a foster carer for Tower Hamlets, it’s not just a loving and stable home you will be offering a child, there’s also the opportunity to make great friends and be part of a supportive and friendly fostering community.

01 Anthony and Momotaj
“There is a real community spirit. There are lots of support groups and events you can go to. We really like helping people and making a difference to children’s lives. We have made lots of friends from all different ethnic backgrounds who we meet up with and chat on the phone with. It’s really interesting to hear about different traditions and cultures. We would encourage families to think about fostering and the Tower Hamlets fostering team can put you in touch with foster carers so you can have a chat with them about what it’s really like to foster.“
02 Lydia
“I have made some really great friends through fostering with Tower Hamlets. We regularly meet up for coffee mornings in each other’s houses and arrange trips to the park with our foster children. We’ve even been on holiday together to holiday parks in the UK. This year we are planning a trip to France together.“I really enjoy fostering and especially appreciate the support I get from my fostering friends.”
04 Karen
“I have become very good friends with another foster carer as we have looked after a brother and sister who couldn’t be placed together at the same time. We regularly met up a couple of times a week to ensure the siblings spent valuable time together. Through this, we have become solid friends and it has given me the chance to get to know someone from a very different background who I would not normally have met. It’s been very surprising how much we’ve had in common. The children have now moved on and we are continuing this friendship.”

Thinking about fostering and would like to know more? Please come along to one of our information sessions for a friendly chat over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Our foster carers will be very happy to meet you and tell you all about being a foster carer.

Alternatively, give us a call, our friendly team would love to talk to you

Adoption Support Fund has been extended

Since its launch the Adoption Support Fund has spent more than £16 million of the £19 million fund which has helped more than 4,700 adoptive families.

The fund will be now increased to £21 million for 2016-17, and £28 million for the year after. In addition, children in special guardianship placements will be eligible for help from the Adoption Support Fund from April 1, the government has announced.

Children adopted via inter-country adoptions will also have access to the fund from 1 April, and adopted children will continue to have access to its support until they turn 21.

Families can access services such as:

  • Behaviour therapy
  • Play, music, art and drama therapy
  • Extensive therapeutic life story support
  • Specialist training for adoptive parents

To find our more, please contact Tower Hamlets’ Adoption Team on 020 7364 5431.
You can read all about the fund in more detail here.