News & Advice

Practical tips, advice, and information for current and future foster carers across London and UK.

News & Advice

Practical tips, advice, and information for current and future foster carers across London and UK.

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foster carers support network

BECOMING A CARER

Foster carers’ self-run support group helps lighten the load

Lika foster carers can take part in a monthly online support group, where they can meet, share ideas and experiences…

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foster care ambassador

LIKA NEWS

New ambassador gives Lika foster carers a stronger voice

Whether you’re new to fostering or you’re an experienced foster carer, it’s important to know you have all the support …

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indefinite leave to remain

BECOMING A CARER

Do I need my Indefinite Leave to Remain to be a foster carer?

If you’re not a British citizen you probably have a few questions about whether you are able to become a foster carer…

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foster carers supervising contact with birth families

ADVICE FOR CARERS

Do foster carers have to supervise contact with birth families?

Many new foster carers have questions about how the contact a young person has with their birth family works and what role they, as a carer, have in those contact sessions.

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lgbt foster carers

BECOMING A CARER

Happy Pride!
We need LGBT foster carers across London

If you’re a member of the LGBTQI community and you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, we’d love to hear from you! As an independent foster care agency…

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gangs and young foster people

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

Gangs and young people: What a foster carer needs to know

If you watch the news regularly, you could be forgiven for thinking every young person in London is either in a gang or at risk of joining one at any moment.

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Featured Posts

being in foster care in uk

ADVICE FOR CARERS

What kind of support does a foster carer get?

The first thing you need to know about becoming a foster carer is you’re not alone. There’s a wealth of foster carer support available. Even if you are a single carer there is a big professional team behind you all the way.

 

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being in foster care in uk
systemic approach to foster care

THERAPEUTIC FOSTERING

What is Systemic Family Therapy?

In social work and psychology there are around 50 kinds of therapy used in practice. So, what exactly is a systemic approach to foster care, which is therapeutic in its approach? Each kind of therapy uses different techniques…

 

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foster parents support

BECOMING A CARER

What’s it like being a foster carer in the UK?

Becoming a foster carer in the UK is a life-changing decision – not just for the young person you’re welcoming into your home, but for you as the carer and for your family and support network, too.

 

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foster parents support

Becoming a Carer

Understanding the tasks involved in the fostering and the assessment the process doesn’t need to be complicated. Check out our short and easy to read blogs.

daily logs

BECOMING A CARER

Daily Logs – Everything a foster carer needs to know

Writing daily logs is part of the job for every foster carer in the UK. These logs are a written account of what has been happening for a young person while they’ve been looked after by their foster carer on any given day.

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can single people become foster carers

BECOMING A CARER

Can single people become foster carers?

Can single people really become foster carers? If you are a single person who’s interested in becoming a foster carer, you probably have lots of questions about what it’s like and whether you’re even eligible.

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interventive approach foster care

BECOMING A CARER

What is an interventive approach in foster care?

Through our training at Lika, we prepare our foster carers to do a little extra thinking when it comes to interventions. This is central to how we support our foster carers and help the young people in our care.

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daily logs

BECOMING A CARER

Daily Logs – Everything a foster carer needs to know

Writing daily logs is part of the job for every foster carer in the UK. These logs are a written account of what has been happening for a young person while they’ve been looked after by their foster carer on any given day.

Read more..

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can single people become foster carers

BECOMING A CARER

Can single people become foster carers?

Can single people really become foster carers? If you are a single person who’s interested in becoming a foster carer, you probably have lots of questions about what it’s like and whether you’re even eligible.

Read more..

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interventive approach foster care

BECOMING A CARER

What is an interventive approach in foster care?

Through our training at Lika, we prepare our foster carers to do a little extra thinking when it comes to interventions. This is central to how we support our foster carers and help the young people in our care.

Read more..

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Systemic Fostering

Therapeutic approaches in fostering is our expertise. Read our top tips in how to implement therapeutic strategies with young people

therapeutic letters

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

How writing therapeutic letters can transform a foster child’s life

Words are powerful. They create, shape and influence our relationships and the way we see the world. Genuine and thought-provoking words can inspire and conjure new meaning for the…

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systemic foster care

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

A therapist’s 8 top tips for successful systemic foster care

Becoming a foster carer often brings with it new parenting challenges many people have never come across before – even those who’ve raised their own children.

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therapeutic parenting

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

How to put therapeutic ideas into practice

Therapeutic parenting (or therapeutic foster care) is all about understanding that those behaviours are an expression of that trauma, rather than naughtiness, and being able to respond in a way that both builds…

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therapeutic letters

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

How writing therapeutic letters can transform a foster child’s life

Words are powerful. They create, shape and influence our relationships and the way we see the world. Genuine and thought-provoking words can inspire and conjure new meaning for the…

Read more..

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systemic foster care

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

A therapist’s 8 top tips for successful systemic foster care

Becoming a foster carer often brings with it new parenting challenges many people have never come across before – even those who’ve raised their own children.

Read more..

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therapeutic parenting

SYSTEMIC FOSTERING

How to put therapeutic ideas into practice

Therapeutic parenting (or therapeutic foster care) is all about understanding that those behaviours are an expression of that trauma, rather than naughtiness, and being able to respond in a way that both builds a good…

Read more..

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Advice for Carers

Fostering is always changing, so should the advice and guidance offered to foster carers. Our latest blog ensures you’re always in the know.

how to end a foster care placement therapeutically

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How to end a foster care placement therapeutically

When you end a foster care placement, it can be emotionally very difficult for the young person in care. These sorts of moments — endings and transitions…

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taking risks foster care

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How taking risks can improve foster care relationships

Testing the limits of a trusted relationship is called “relational risk-taking” and it’s something we at Lika…

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anxiety in foster children

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How to help a foster child with their anxiety

Anxiety in a foster child can be crippling. Not just for the young person experiencing it, but for you, as their carer, not knowing how to help.

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how to end a foster care placement therapeutically

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How to end a foster care placement therapeutically

When you end a foster care placement, it can be emotionally very difficult for the young person in care. These sorts of moments — endings and transitions…

Read more..

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taking risks foster care

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How taking risks can improve foster care relationships

Testing the limits of a trusted relationship is called “relational risk-taking” and it’s something we at Lika…

Read more..

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anxiety in foster children

ADVICE FOR CARERS

How to help a foster child with their anxiety

Anxiety in a foster child can be crippling. Not just for the young person experiencing it, but for you, as their carer, not knowing how to help.

Read more..

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