Somebody Else’s Child is a campaign being run by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering to raise awareness into fostering and foster care.
More and more children are needing time away from their families for very many different reasons, this means that more and more children are waiting to be placed into foster care. With a shortage of foster carers the British Association for Adoption and Fostering have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of fostering and also encourage more people to become foster carers through the proper channels.
What is Private Fostering?
Part of the ‘Somebody else’s child’ campaign is to help people understand what provate fostering is and helping communities and carers keep children safe.
Private fostering is when a child, under the age of 16, is being cared for by someone who is not their Mother, Father or a close relative. Part of the somebody else’s child campaign is to help communities spot a child who is being fostered and make sure they are getting the help and support they need by informing your local council.
Somebody else’s child
The national campaign is calling out to people who see children on a regular basis such as teachers, doctors and nurses to keep an eye out to see if their main carers have changed. Many families need to get help and may seek someone they trust to look after their children during this time, however if you are looking after sombody elses child for longer than 28 days it is a legal responsibility to let your local authority know. This is for the protection of the child and also to help you get the support you need.
The initiative, ‘somebody else’s child’ is to make sure carers get the support they need and also families get the help they need to be in a better position to welcome their children back if this is the route that is best.
The campaign has had a lot of support from stars such as Kris Akabusi, who encourage carers to go through the proper channels when looking after somebody else’s child.
If you are privately fostering a child please make sure you get the help and support you need from your local authority or an independent fostering agency. If you want to become a foster carer and recieve the full support and compensation available to you then we can help you connect with the right foster agancy in your area.