Fostering At Christmas
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT Fostering
1M ago
Christmas can be a complicated time for both foster carers and the children they provide care for. Christmas may not celebrated or acknowledged by members of the household, or there may be more deep-routed issues such as negative past experiences from the perspective of a young person. Whatever the reason, the holiday season can work for all members of the fostering household with a little forward planning. Differences in faith One of the most important points to consider when we reach the holiday period is the differences in faith. If you are a foster carer who doesn’t celebrate or acknowledg ..read more
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An Open Letter to John Lewis
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT
2M ago
Nicola; who leads TACT Connect, our care-experienced community, has shared her thoughts on this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert in an open letter to the company. Almost a week has passed since your annual Christmas advert dropped, and what an interesting week it’s been. The advert flew around our TACT Connect community at quite a speed. We watched as you captured the experience many have had on being received into foster care. The relief was real. Many of our TACT Connect members felt not just seen – but seen on mainstream TV! It was moving to see this experience captured and for our commun ..read more
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Community – Care Leavers Week
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT
3M ago
A community can be defined as a group of people who are considered a unit because of their similar interests or background. In TACT Connect, we are brought together through our shared experience of being in care. The experiences that we have and bring to Connect are all unique, but we all have the awareness of what it means to be care experienced and how it can make us feel. Being a part of a community is important for us because it can create so many opportunities that we may not be aware of. There’s a ‘sense of community’ that we can see reflected within Connect; membership to Connect can cr ..read more
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A Reflection on Language That Cares
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT
3M ago
Back in 2019, we created Language That Cares, a guidebook aiming to reconsider the words we use both in the care system and around our young people and adults. Language is a powerful tool for communication but sometimes the way that it is used creates stigma and barriers for understanding. Language is power, and it is important that words relating to the care-experience are used in an empowering way. At Connect, we focus on a restorative approach – those who are care-experienced have often had their lives shaped by a system ran by professionals, rather than a consistent parent, and the continu ..read more
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TACT’s Cost-Of-Living Support For Carers
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT Fostering
6M ago
The current cost of living crisis will affect us all, that is why TACT is doing everything in its power to support its foster carers and combat the impact. As a charity, we are beyond profit and our sole focus is ensuring that our carers and the children and young people in their care receive the best possible support. In the last two years, TACT have made multiple payments to support its carers with the financial challenges that have been faced. However, sadly this has not been the case for foster carers from other fostering agencies or local authorities – a recent report has found that a maj ..read more
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The TACT Education Service
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT Fostering
6M ago
You may have heard us referring to our Education Service before, but perhaps wondered what exactly it is and what it means for our children and young people. It has long been recognised across the social care sector that educational attainment for children in care is significantly lower than their non-looked after peers. This is due to them having to face crisis and adversity in their home lives, meaning absence from school or moving schools often. As well as this, they simply may not have the mental capacity to learn on top of dealing with mature issues and inconsistent care throughout their ..read more
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Mother and Baby Fostering in Coronation Street
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT Fostering
7M ago
If you have been watching Coronation Street recently, you may have been following a storyline involving Abi Franklin and her son Alfie. Abi is desperate to be a part of her son’s life, even if that means via a Mother and Baby fostering placement. As with some previous Coronation Street storylines centred around fostering, TACT CEO Andy Elvin was brought in as a consultant for the Alfie and Abi storyline to ensure a realistic depiction of foster care. Although the term ‘Mother and Baby’ is used to describe the type of fostering covered in the Coronation Street storyline, it is more often called ..read more
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Respite Foster Care: a change of language
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT Fostering
8M ago
The language that we use in foster care is very important, both to us as a fostering provider, and to the young people we provide care for. Our choice of language should be fluid and adaptable – not simply based on commonly used terms and phrases. Language in foster care should be able to change and evolve according to the preferences of the young people we provide care for. This is why TACT established and led the Language That Cares initiative – which looks at the language used in the fostering sector, and how it makes our young people feel. Certain phrases and terms used in foster care can ..read more
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Can You Afford to Foster?
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT
8M ago
It’s no secret that a lot of the hesitation towards becoming a foster carer comes from a fear of finances. Many of the questions we get surround worries about whether fostering will be affordable. Now more than ever, amidst the cost-of-living crisis, we are here to soothe those nerves that may hold people back from making that enquiry.  Fees and Allowances  When you become a foster carer, you receive both a fostering fee and a maintenance allowance on a fortnightly basis. But what’s the difference between the two? Well, a maintenance allowance covers the costs of everything that you ..read more
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Shazam! and Foster Care – a refreshing representation
Tact Care | Fostering & Adoption
by TACT
8M ago
This month’s film to review is a favourite amongst superhero fans – 2019’s Shazam! A movie about a teenager suddenly acquiring magical powers along with the responsibility of defeating an evil villain and saving the world doesn’t immediately seem like a ‘foster care movie’, but we spend a good chunk of the story following Billy Batson’s journey to finding family. So, how authentic is Billy’s experience of being in the foster care system?  When we first meet 14-year-old Billy, he’s run away from 23 foster homes to desperately search for his birth mother, from whom he became separated ..read more
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