Stories and News

Liverpool fostering team being presented with their Unaward by CAN digital for the collaborative fostering film 'Any of us'
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'Any of us' film wins award

Friday 22 March 2024

Prestigious award for “Any of Us” council fostering film project.

Erika Foster Carer of siblings from a different cultural background
Fostering Stories

Erika's Story

Friday 08 March 2024

"They've been able to experience the magic of childhood without the burdens they may have previously faced.."

Fostering Stories

Victoria's Story

Monday 26 February 2024

"After 13 years, the excitement that you feel when a little one comes into your home doesn’t fade."

Blogs and News

It's Children's Mental Health Week!

Monday 05 February 2024

It's Children's Mental Health Week! We are providing you with ways that you can support a Child's mental health.

Fostering Stories

Lesley's Story

Friday 19 January 2024

"My career has been everything for me, but since having a foster child, my priorities have totally changed and I’m enjoying watching him grow and flourish into a good person."

Fostering Stories

When is the right time to start fostering?

Friday 05 January 2024

There is no ‘perfect’ time to start the fostering process. Life comes with uncertainty and changes, but here are a few things you may want to consider when starting your fostering journey.

Fostering Stories

The benefits of respite care

Thursday 14 December 2023

Nicola told us about her experiences as a respite carer and how it fits around her life.

Blogs and News

Any Of Us…

Thursday 19 October 2023

Our new film ‘Any of us’ follows the journey of three very different foster carers alongside Chloe's journey into foster care. Showing that anyone has the potential to make a difference to a child’s life

Fostering Stories

Claire's Story

Tuesday 17 October 2023

At our recent information event Claire told us how she fits fostering alongside working and how she's been able to progress from respite fostering to caring for children on a longer term basis.

Fostering Stories

"It was the most life changing experience"

Sunday 03 September 2023

Isabelle speaks with foster carer Phil about her life changing experiences growing up in care

Fostering Stories

Chereece and Grant's Story

Wednesday 09 August 2023

As a 29 and 26 year old couple, Chereece and Grant initially thought they were too young to foster, until they attended one of our information events.

Fostering Stories

Celebrating Lynn and Saied after 10 years of fostering

Thursday 08 June 2023

We celebrate Lynn and Saied's achievements as they reach the end of the their time fostering. Read Lynn's reflections..

Fostering Stories

Tina and Ashley's Story

Thursday 25 May 2023

Tina and Ashley have fostered babies and toddlers since 2018. They tell us about their experience as baby carers.

Foster carer Sue holding flowers in celebration of her 50th year of fostering over 415 babies and children
Fostering Stories

Reflecting on 50 years of fostering!

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Sue has dedicated her whole life to helping vulnerable babies, children and families. She shared her thoughts about fostering 415 babies and children over the last 50 years!

Blogs and News

Foster Care Fortnight 2023 is here!

Monday 15 May 2023

Foster Care Fortnight 2023 is here! Join us in celebrating our fostering community, come along to our events and find out more about fostering with Liverpool.

Fostering Stories

Respite carers Heather and Andrew share their story

Saturday 13 May 2023

Heather and Andrew have been fostering with Liverpool for 15 months and have started their journey as respite foster carers.  Here’s their story so far…

Fostering Stories

"It’s the most beautiful thing in life you can do"

Friday 12 May 2023

Safinah started fostering in September 2022 and shares what caring for 3- and 6-year-old siblings has been like so far!

Blogs and News

Our partnership with John Lewis

Friday 12 May 2023

We've loved working alongside an organisation who shares the same values of wanting the absolute best for children in care.

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Myth Busting Q&A with foster carers David and Phil

Tuesday 14 March 2023

Foster carers Phil and David help us bust some common myths about fostering!

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5 Questions to ask before becoming a foster carer...

Wednesday 01 March 2023

If you can answer yes to most of these questions then you would make an amazing foster carer!

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Teaming up with John Lewis...

Tuesday 17 January 2023

We've partnered with John Lewis the creators of the viral video 'The Beginner', to hold a range of drop-in events.

Blogs and News

Celebrating achievements in 2022

Thursday 05 January 2023

In 2022 we celebrated some amazing stories and achievements from a wide range of foster carers. From new foster carers to some who were retiring after 40 plus years! We look forward to more special recognition awards in 2023!

Fostering Stories

The greatest gift is..."seeing a child achieve beyond their dreams"

Tuesday 20 December 2022

Foster carer Alison tells us about the amazing achievements of the young person she has cared for over the last six years.

Fostering Stories

"The greatest gift is feeling like you belong"

Friday 16 December 2022

Kristian shares his story of growing up in care and how the love, care and attention from his foster carers have helped him in life.

Mickey and Minnie Children's Christmas Party
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2022 Children's Christmas Parties

Monday 12 December 2022

This December we welcomed nearly 900 children and foster carers to St George’s Hall and Anfield for our annual Children’s Christmas parties.

Foster carers Claire and Andy
Fostering Stories

"It’s beyond words when you have really helped a child"

Friday 28 October 2022

Claire and Andy were recently nominated for a special recognition award by their fostering social worker Elaine. We loved hearing why they are so passionate about fostering.

Anna and Jamie, daughter and son of foster carers
Fostering Stories

Jamie's Story - Growing up as part of a fostering family

Wednesday 05 October 2022

Jaime tells us his story on how being part of a foster family has had such a positive impact on his life!

Blogs and News

Children's 'Stand by me' art exhibition

Saturday 01 October 2022

On Wednesday 28th September, we were delighted to launch our 'Stand by me' art exhibition at the Liverpool Parish Church!

Fostering Stories

Sarah and Kevin - The rewards of fostering

Monday 08 August 2022

It's been 8 months since Sarah and Kevin welcomed 8 and 10 year old sisters into their home. They share their early fostering experiences and tell us why it's the little things mean so much.

Blogs and News

Caribbean Cooking Classes

Thursday 21 July 2022

Our Wellbeing and Cooking Course is a 6 week course for foster carers to focus on wellbeing, come together as a group, and make some new and different recipes for all the family to try!

Fostering Stories

Fathers Day - Dom's Story

Thursday 23 June 2022

Dom tells us how fostering has changed his family's life for the better and how rewarding it is to be able to positively affect a child's life.

Fostering Stories

Fathers Day - Alan's Story

Friday 17 June 2022

Alan had considered fostering for many years, but it wasn't until he met his partner Heather and they became foster carers, that he had his first experience of looking after children.

Fostering Stories

Alan's Story - Fostering as a family

Friday 17 June 2022

For Fathers Day 2022, we spoke to foster carer Alan about fostering as a family from his point of view. Including why he was reluctant at first, and how the reality has been completely different to what he expected.

Fostering Stories

"People are surprised when I say I'm a foster carer"

Tuesday 24 May 2022

David has been fostering with us for a year, but he said sometimes people are surprised this is possible as a single, gay, male.

Blogs and News

Foster Care Fortnight 2022

Monday 09 May 2022

Foster Care Fortnight (9th-22nd May) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of foster care and to celebrate the fostering community.

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Monday 09 May 2022

See the wonderful entries to our STAND BY ME Children's Art competition, which will be brought to life by a local artist and displayed across the city for everyone to see how brilliant they are!

Fostering Stories

"I didn't plan on fostering siblings, but it's the best decision I've ever made!"

Wednesday 23 March 2022

When Jacquie became a foster carer four years ago, she didn't plan on caring for siblings. She tells us why saying yes to fostering three sibling sisters is the best decision she's ever made.

Fostering Stories

Our first year as a fostering family

Thursday 27 January 2022

Amra and Tahir reflect on their fostering experiences, a year following their approval. They share their thoughts on the assessment process and the rewards and challenges during their their first year.

Fostering Stories

Small Milestones Are The Best Gift

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Foster carer Julia tells us what Christmas is like caring for a 6 year old boy with special needs

Fostering Stories

Christmas Through A Child's Eyes

Monday 20 December 2021

Foster carer Pip tells us about everything she's looking forward to for her first Christmas looking after a 9 year old boy.

Fostering Stories

Fostering At Christmas - Nicola's Story

Saturday 18 December 2021

After developing a close bond with a 15 year old who is currently in residential care, Nicola invited her to stay for Christmas.

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Nurturing course is a hit!

Tuesday 02 November 2021

We're currently running a 10 week Nurturing course for some of our foster carers and we're delighted to have such positive feedback.

Fostering Stories

"Despite the goodbyes, it’s the best thing I've ever done"

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Paula has been fostering babies for over 16 years. She recently shared her experience and told us why despite the goodbyes, it’s the best thing she’s ever done.

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First day at a new school for a fostered kid

Tuesday 31 August 2021

A foster carer shares a story of a child's first day at a new school, and their insights into ways of helping a child feel less anxious or worried about the 'big day',

Fostering Stories

Debbie and Dot's Story - Fostering firsts

Monday 05 July 2021

Deb and Dot reflect on the equal joy and heartache of experiencing 'firsts' both for them and the 3 siblings they foster

Fostering Stories

Stephen's Story - Believing in teenagers

Monday 05 July 2021

Steven told us how he feels about fostering teenagers, and why his support and belief means so much to them as at such a crucial age.

Blogs and News

The Importance of Play

Thursday 17 June 2021

Liverpool foster carer Hayley shares her experiences of using play therapy to help an 8 year old boy explore and express his emotions.

Blogs and News

Why We Care

Thursday 13 May 2021

During Foster Care Fortnight™ (10-21st May) we have been sharing stories, quotes, messages of thanks, and even our best dance moves, to raise awareness and spread the word about the rewards of fostering and our need for more foster carers in Liverpool.

Fostering Stories

Fostering Siblings

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Tony and his wife Debbie started fostering in 2017, when their own children were 9, 8 and 6. They currently look after two siblings and a baby, so have lots of experiences to share about fostering siblings and the role of their own children.

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What about your own children?

Monday 12 April 2021

Foster Carer Phil blogs about the role of birth children within a fostering family.

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'Finding My Fur-Ever Friend'

Thursday 01 April 2021

16 year old Katy has lived with her foster carer Debbie for nearly 4 years. Katy shares a beautifully written story about finding Jake, her 'Fur-Ever' friend.

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Phil's Blog - World Book Day

Thursday 04 March 2021

On World Book Day, fostering Phil shares his thoughts about famous book characters and why we identify with them so much. "Until we started fostering, I’d never realised how many of our literary and film heroes don’t live with their Mum and Dad."

Pride Month LGBTQ+ Fostering
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LGBT Fostering

Thursday 25 February 2021

During Pride Month, we share a blog from a same sex fostering couple, as a reminder that all foster children need is to be part of a loving family in a safe and happy home.

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Love makes all the difference

Friday 12 February 2021

On Valentines 2021, we wanted to share some wonderful, heart warming (& breaking!) letters from some of our children and young people to their foster carers and to themselves.

Fostering Stories

How one weekend care turned into something very special

Thursday 28 January 2021

Chris and Amanda have been fostering with Liverpool for 7 months, and what started out as a weekend respite care during lockdown has developed into something much more than anyone could have imagined.

Fostering Stories

Sister's shine with determination and passion

Thursday 14 January 2021

With the support of their foster carers, sisters Chloe and Jenna have overcome many challenges, and they are now pursuing futures in things they are passionate about.

Fostering Stories

Phil's Blog - Fostering and Lockdown

Tuesday 05 January 2021

I wonder what you’ve missed most in ‘Lockdown’? Whatever your situation, I’m sure your life has been limited over the last year. Until that child came to live with us, he had lived in a permanent “lockdown". I know my family made a difference to his life.

Blogs and News

"I was a bit nervous about meeting him"

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Some lovely thoughts from the Mum of a foster carer, who remembers the first Christmas when their foster child came to visit.

Blogs and News

We got our first Christmas all wrong!

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Phil tell's us why they got their first Christmas as a foster family wrong and how now it’s become a tradition to consider the ‘true meaning of Christmas’.

Fostering Stories

"You can be their anchor"

Tuesday 01 December 2020

During Donna’s 10 years fostering she has seen children progress and feel more safe, secure and happy because of the routine, consistency and stability she has been able to provide.

Foster Carers Lynn and Saeid
Fostering Stories

Lynn and Saied's Story

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Lynn and Saied have been fostering for ten years and during that time they have looked after over twenty babies, siblings and teenagers as well as children on an emergency basis.

Care experienced Katlin shares her story with us
Fostering Stories

Change a future - Katlin's Story

Tuesday 17 November 2020

When Katlin first went into foster care she felt embarrassed and only told her best friend. Katlin told us how different she feels now, and how being fostered has helped her achieve what she wanted in life.

Caring for Black and Mixed Heritage Children
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Caring for Black and Mixed Heritage Children

Wednesday 14 October 2020

In Black History Month, Foster carer Alison shared with us how she proactively encourages Elle to feel positive and proud of her ethnic and cultural background.

Blogs and News

Outstanding exam results for Ana!

Tuesday 13 October 2020

3 years ago Ana arrived in the U.K. as a 12 year old unaccompanied asylum seeker, with her two sisters.  After finding the perfect foster carer and home with Linda, Ana has passed all her GCSE’s with outstanding results!

Alison speaks to Women's Hour on Radio 4 about being a disabled foster carer
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BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour speaks to Alison

Thursday 08 October 2020

Liverpool Foster Carer, Alison, speaks to BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour about her experiences and fostering achievements as a wheelchair user

Fostering Stories

Sons and Daughters Month

Thursday 01 October 2020

Anna gives a very honest and inspiring account of what it's like to be the daughter of foster carers!

Pip Case Study
Fostering Stories

Fostering siblings during lockdown

Thursday 01 October 2020

Pip previously thought that being single, working full time and not owning her own property would all be barriers to fostering. She is now an amazing foster carer to three siblings!

Fostering Stories

Foster carer follows in Mum’s Footsteps

Thursday 24 September 2020

Tony and Vicky thought about fostering for a long time, because of the experiences they had whilst Tony’s Mum was a foster carer. Now they share their own experiences as a new foster family.

Fostering Stories

"Our first year as foster carers"

Wednesday 05 August 2020

Vicky and Gary had known that wanted to foster for 10 years and that when they did it would be about finding the right time. 9 months into fostering, Vicky shared her thoughts and experiences with us.

Fostering Stories

Change a future - Bianca's Story

Wednesday 13 May 2020

As a 19 year old on the cusp of an exciting future at University, Bianca is now able to pursue her dreams and realise her potential, because of the opportunities being fostered gave to her.

Fostering Stories

Fostering During a Pandemic!

Friday 08 May 2020

Becoming foster carers is without a doubt both exciting and nerve wracking under normal circumstances, but when Coronavirus and lockdown arrived, this added a whole other dimension to Tony and Vicky’s new role as foster carers!

Blogs and News

5 top tips from a new foster carer

Tuesday 03 March 2020

These top 5 tips from Vicky, one of our new foster carers, give you an insight into what fostering can be like during the first year.

Fostering Stories

"I welcome them all equally with my heart"

Thursday 20 February 2020

When it comes to cultural differences, Amina says to her “Children are children” " All you need is space in your heart and in your home" - Amina.

Fostering Stories

Could you give a baby the best start?

Thursday 12 December 2019

Over the last 14 years fostering with Liverpool, Peter and Gaynor have looked after 67 babies, and have found it really rewarding.  Peter told us, “It's something you can put 100% of yourself into, and get 100% and more back.”

Liverpool Children's Christmas Party at St Georges Hall
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2019 Christmas Party

Wednesday 04 December 2019

On the 4th December over 500 Liverpool children and their foster carers attended the impressive St George’s Hall for another evening of festive fun!

Blogs and News

Reflective Fostering with NSPCC

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Liverpool City Council Fostering Service are the first in the North West to offer a 'Reflective Fostering' course, in partnership with NSPCC.

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From MADLUG with Love

Tuesday 25 June 2019

1000 bags were donated for children in care from MADLUG. We'll be delighted to distribute the bags with their powerful, positive message 'You are incredible'

Foster Carers Linda and Alison
Blogs and News

Foster carers lead recruitment drive

Thursday 21 March 2019

On Thursday 28th March, a special round-table conference with partners and stakeholders such as children’s organisations including the NSPCC, is being held at the Town Hall.

Fostering Stories

Linda’s story

Thursday 21 March 2019

Linda shares her heart-warming experiences of fostering a sibling group of three teenagers from Angola.

Fostering Stories

Alison's story

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Alison’s inspirational story shows us that disabled foster carers have huge potential, and that the most important thing about being a good foster carer and achieving success, is the love and support you can offer to a child.

Fostering Stories

Phil’s story

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Phil is married with two birth children and has been fostering since 2010. With his wife, he's fostered some respite and short term placements, but all his current foster children have been with them for over two years.

Liverpool Children's Christmas Party
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Liverpool children’s Christmas party

Monday 03 December 2018

On the 28th November, around 600 Liverpool children and young people and their foster carers attended the impressive St George’s Hall for an evening of festive fun!

Liverpool Giants
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Foster children dream big for Giants

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Dozens of looked-after young people from Liverpool and their carers will be having a picnic with the Giants on Friday 5 October - on specially created blankets adorned with their hopes and aspirations for the future.