If you are looking for news, discussion, and everyday fostering ‘knowhow’, together with factual information about foster care, you can make yourself at home here. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed!
Who Foster Care Matters Is For
FCM is a resource hub for foster carers, aspiring carers – and you – if you’re interested in foster care. In a nutshell: it’s a site packed with news, insights, and information about fostering resources.
If you’re a foster carer, you play a crucial role in your child’s care. You provide them with a safe, nurturing environment, where they feel cared for and valued. We can all agree that what you do for them is awe-inspiring.
But perhaps unsurprisingly, there will be times when it’s hard, and you want to complement the support you get from your fostering agency or local authority. That’s where Foster Care Matters comes in.
If you’re an aspiring foster carer, there’s plenty here for you too. Whether you want general information about foster care or resources to help you prepare for the role of fostering a child.
The good news is: whatever point you are at, there’s a fostering community here ready to share tips and practical advice about fostering children.
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How Foster Care Matters Can Help You
Government statistics show that outcomes for looked after children are often worse than we all want them to be.
Our mission is to share resources that help you promote positive outcomes for children in foster care.
We aim to do that by gathering, organising, and sharing useful information about foster care. You can think of FCM as a central hub where you can connect with your peers and find the resources you need.
Resources for Diligent Foster Carers
A lot of the information you find about foster care just skims the surface. You’ve seen it: the kind that’s either too vague or hard to figure out. Our fostering blog is updated every week with content that’s easy to digest.
CAREHUB is the home of our fostering community. It brings learning, interaction, and insights to your online space. As a free member, you’ll get access to exclusive information, training, and networking resources.
If there’s something you want to know about fostering, we’ve got a great place to get your questions answered. The good news is: if you can’t find the answer to your question, you can ask us, and we’ll happily answer it.
Who’s Behind Foster Care Matters?
Hi, I’m Andy Loverock, the founder of Foster Care Matters. As you’re here (and I know you are) here’s a bit about the team and me.
- I’ve successfully resuscitated someone
- I’ve visited 21 different countries
- I’ve never met or spoken to my father
- I had football trials with Wolves & Coventry
- I cried when both of my sons were born
- I watched my eldest son being born on my 21st birthday
- I’ve been a Baggies supporter for 44 years
- I’ve played golf with Don Goodman and Cyril Regis
- I’ve played rugby against Nigel Starmer-Smith
- My favorite recreational pastimes are playing golf, tending to the needs of our demanding house cat, and trying to write
- I’ve visited almost every football ground in the UK
- I’ve ridden a horse bareback through the Cuban hills (it was incredible)
- I watched a full post-mortem without passing out
- I’ve sat within 10 feet of 6 vultures (they’re very big)
I’m lucky to have enjoyed a happy childhood. My only regret is that I grew up without knowing my dad. Thankfully, I’ve got a fantastic mum who gave me the secure base – we all need – during childhood (and beyond).
My work background is in healthcare, having worked as a Registered Mental Nurse for over 24 years. Since 2011 (along with my partner Aileen) I’ve fostered 13 children.
Fostering children inspired me to create FCM. And it’s where my small team and I talk with straightforward honesty about what works in foster care (and what doesn’t). But that’s just part of the story.
Here’s the thing: FCM is NOT a fostering agency or a charity. We’re NOT in competition with any of them either. In fact, we want to support the valuable work that they all do. Our main values include:
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As a team, we’ve got decades of combined specialist knowledge in the areas of mental health, teaching, nursing, and working with ‘looked after’ children. We want to share some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way.
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We’re happy to work with individuals, companies or agencies. We’re also keen to support good causes and charities that work with children. Just tell us how we can work with you – or your organisation.
Maybe you want to share your experience or expertise by writing for us. We’re always on the lookout for original articles about foster care and related topics. Or perhaps you’ve got a product or service that can be used by foster carers.
If you want to discuss working with us, use this form. We’ll respond quickly to try and ‘make things happen’.
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We all know that there’s a lot of information available these days. The internet has transformed the way we find it. But it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for, is it?
Have a look round the site. You’ll find all the main sections on this sitemap. You could also check out our Facebook Page where we share information about fostering that’s published by other trusted sources across the web.
Once you’ve had time to look around, let us know what we’re doing right (or wrong). We’ll be delighted to hear from you, because your feedback helps us improve the site.
If you’re unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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