Lisa’s Fostering Journey

5 April, 2019

Lisa* and her partner David* were introduced to the idea of fostering over 18 years ago, when a close friend became a carer. The couple loved the idea of giving back to society, decided to take the plunge in the year 2000 and have been happily fostering ever since. In 2016, we were honoured to […]

How to Support Your Own Children When Fostering

28 March, 2019

 This is the third post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers on how to support your own children when fostering. It’s no secret that becoming a foster carer changes your family dynamic in some form, particularly with your own children. One day they have […]

Things to do the First Day with a Foster Child

This is the second post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers about important things to do on the first day with a foster child to help them feel settled. The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here; you’re about to have your first […]

How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child

This is the first post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers to help you prepare for your first foster child coming to live with you. You’ve been approved at panel and receive that all-important call to let you know that we’ve received a referral […]

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet

22 March, 2019

Going for a bike ride has many benefits – it’s a lot of fun, great exercise and helps to build strong bonds in foster families. But like most sports, accidents can happen and we know how challenging it can be to get a child to wear a helmet. So, we thought we’d put together some […]

Spot the Signs of Self-Harm in Children & Teenagers

1 March, 2019

Self Injury Awareness Day (also known as Self Harm Awareness Day) is a global campaign where people choose to be more open about their own self-harm and awareness organisations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. For Self Harm Awareness Day, we share some advice to support families who may be worried […]

Tammy & James’ Fostering Journey

15 February, 2019

Tammy and her husband started fostering just over a year ago, after having their first child and wanting to give another child the same positive upbringing that their own son has had. Tammy said: “We knew that we could offer a loving and supportive home to another child that may be less fortunate than our […]

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe Online

5 February, 2019

Today is Safer Internet Day, a globally recognised day that promotes the safety and wellbeing of children online. The internet is a great thing, providing children with opportunities to learn, play and connect with others. However, it does not come without its risks. In fact, more and more, we hear about the emotional and safeguarding […]

Children’s Book Guide | National Storytelling Week 2019

29 January, 2019

We’re celebrating National Storytelling Week by encouraging the children in our care to pick up a book and get reading. To help them find a book they love, we asked our foster and birth children to tell us about their all-time favourite books and used these recommendations to create our Children’s Book Guide. Gallagher Girls […]

Food Bank Appeal Success

24 December, 2018

Clifford House have been busy gathering food donations over the festive period to donate to food banks up and down the country, including 50 items for the Basement Project. The basement project supports young people around the Worcestershire area who are facing homelessness. Staff and carers, who provide suitable families for looked after children, filled boxes with tins and […]

How You Can Encourage Learning Over Christmas

13 December, 2018

We are reaching a rather exciting time as the Christmas holidays are approaching nearer! Even though it Is such a busy time, Christmas can still provide many opportunities for our children and young people to practice the skills they have been learning at school. No one wants to do extra homework, but when learning is […]

6 Ways to Make a Foster Child Feel Special at Christmas

6 December, 2018

Christmas is a magical time of year for children, but it can be difficult for many young people in foster care, as the memories and emotions of the past come flooding back. As the festive season approaches, we ask some of our Foster Carers for their tips on how to bring back the joy and […]

How You Can Help Your Child Deal with Their Frustrations and Anger

Does your foster child sometimes struggle to regulate their emotions? Do not worry, you’re not alone. Many of the children and young people coming into care suffer from severe emotional delays, often due to their past experience of neglect and abuse. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for a looked after child to not be reaching the […]

Children in Need 2018

20 November, 2018

Last week our Bromsgrove office held a week of fundraising fun to raise money for Children in Need. All keeping in theme with Children in need, the team came up with colours and patterns they could wear each day to raise money for the incredible cause. On Monday the team wore hats, Tuesday was odd […]

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

16 November, 2018

Bullying can cause many young people to feel isolated, worthless and insecure. Over time, repeated bullying may also cause a child some serious, lasting issues, as their confidence and self-esteem diminishes. The Anti-Bullying Alliance have launched their annual Anti-Bullying Week campaign this week and this year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. The theme […]

Sons and Daughters Month – Jennifer and Simeon’s Story

22 October, 2018

This month marks the celebration of Sons and Daughters month – an annual campaign launched by the Fostering Network to celebrate the vital contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care. Jennifer, one of our fabulous foster carers, talks to us about the positive change that fostering has had on her birth daughters’ childhood […]

Clifford House Turns 25!

18 July, 2018 Clifford House Fostering

We celebrated our 25th birthday with a party to thank our carers for their continued dedication to changing and improving the lives of children separated from their birth families.   The celebration took place last month at Hogarths Stone Manor, Kidderminster, with carers also receiving long service awards. Carers were awarded for being with Clifford House Fostering from […]

And The Winner Is…

1 November, 2017

We received some fantastic entries for our Children’s Chocolate Hamper Competition! Thank you to all of you who took part. Our winner was Corey, aged 6, who drew this cute reindeer. Well done! We had so many brilliant entries, but have chosen three runners up to share with you all:  

Foster Carer Spotlight – Sarah and Antony’s Story

4 January, 2017

My husband and I decided to become foster carers as we had enough room in our home and in our hearts to help a young person. We don’t have children of our own but this has never been an issue. When a child is placed with us we ensure they become ‘part of the family’ […]

Top Picks | Articles on Fostering and Parenting

28 November, 2016

Can you believe November has been and gone already? Now, grab yourself a cuppa’ and treat yourself to a read of our top November articles and blog posts – everything from fostering, recipes, parenting and top-tips! Unconditional Love | The Fostering Network  11 Cold Weather Activities for Children That Are Practically Free | Huffington Post […]