Who can foster?

Frequently asked questions about becoming a foster carer

Fostering transforms lives – that’s the theme for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight. We know the amazing work of Diagrama’s foster carers really does make a huge difference to the lives of the children they look after. The impact of offering a vulnerable child a caring and nurturing home environment can be lifelong and fostering is one of the most rewarding roles you will ever have.

I wouldn’t have missed being a foster parent for the world

When Jennifer and her partner Asa decided to look into becoming foster parents, little did they know the experience would enrich their own lives as much as those of the children they would be looking after.

As Foster Care Fortnight 2017 begins across the UK, Diagrama Fostering is calling for more families to get involved as The Fostering Network reveals  7,000 more carers are needed to offer loving, stable and secure homes to children and young people across the UK.

Facing the monsters together

Today, on Big Adoption Day, Diagrama adopter David Beales shares his experience of helping his little boy to fight his demons

When you decide to adopt a child with Diagrama, one of our first tasks is to ensure you understand as much as possible about the children in need of adoption – including the experiences they may have had and the trauma they have likely experienced.

We provide dedicated support to help you and your child overcome those tricky times and, if needed, we will help you access specialised assistance, perhaps through therapy or other interventions, to get you all back on the right path.

New Family Social explain complex hurdles for LGBT foster carers and adopters

Diagrama’s fostering and adoption teams have been working with LGBT charity New Family Social to help provide sensitive support throughout application processes and beyond.

Diagrama’s joint adoption and fostering panel members joined social workers and other members of the team for training presented by New Family Social where their representatives explained the complex hurdles that LGBT applicants face when applying to foster or adopt.

Diagrama staff were taken through the history of equalities and LGBT rights and how everyday general occurrences in life make assumptions about couples being heterosexual – such as application forms which specify Mr and Mrs instead of ‘partner'.

It takes a village to raise a child...

In celebration of LGBT Adoption and Fostering week, Diagrama adopters Rachel and Annie share the story of their journey to parenthood and the support they have received along the way.

Today marks the start of LGBT Adoption and Fostering week 2017 – and Diagrama Adoption is, as always, proud to support this campaign. Diagrama Adoption welcomes enquiries from people from all walks of life and our LGBT adopters and foster carers receive free membership to New Family Social where they can access specialised assistance, as well as dedicated, personalised support from our own team.

Diagrama urges LGBT community to consider adoption and fostering

Diagrama Foundation is urging members of the LGBT community to help offer a brighter future for a vulnerable child through fostering or adoption.

To mark the start of LGBT Adoption and Fostering week, which begins today and runs until March 12, Diagrama’s Fostering and Adoption services are holding a series of information events to encourage more people to offer a loving home to a child in care.

Why I still need my birth family

My name is Kay and I want to tell you about the contact I have with my birth family.

Contact with birth relatives after adoption, while sometimes unsettling, can play an important role in helping a child to understand who they are and to establish their identity. At Diagrama Adoption our team is always on hand to help our adopters manage contact, where it is appropriate, and ensure the best outcome for their child/children.

What difference can a foster carer really make?

It never ceases to amaze me how many amazing people there are out there in the community who want to make a difference to some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

Diagrama supervising social worker Neena Ahluwalia has worked in social care since 1990. She has dealt with many difficult and emotional cases in that time which have sometimes meant the only option for the child was removal from their home. In these cases Neena was responsible for placing children initially with foster carers while care proceedings took place. Here Neena reflects on the difference a foster carer can make to a child at such a critical and traumatic point in their life.

Children and adults show off artistic talents through Diagrama’s greetings cards

Children adopted through Diagrama and Residents at Cabrini House home for adults with learning disabilities have been putting their artistic talents to good use by helping to design Diagrama’s 2016 greetings cards.

Diagrama held a competition earlier this year open to children, young people and adults that the charity works with to help design a selection of greetings cards.

The overall winner, 10-year-old Pixie, showed off her talents as a promising lino print artist, by carving out a spectacular festive tree scene, printed in blue.

Helping prospective adopters start their journey

It takes time and a lot of thinking when adoption is your last option for becoming a family, but I hear time and again that it is the best decision you can make.

Diagrama social worker Kira Storbeck speaks to all our prospective adopters when they first get in touch expressing an interest in adopting a child. She has taken hundreds of calls from people from all walks of life who are thinking about adoption, sometimes for very different reasons.  The journeys that people make on their way to their decision to adopt can be emotional and even very sad. Kira shares her thoughts below on how to get started on your adoption journey, and what you can expect along the way.

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