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Employee Referral Scheme

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Referrals have long been one of the most successful ways of recruiting foster carers across the UK and our own amazing carers in Cornwall have certainly played their part. Now it’s your turn – if you refer a family member or a friend to the Fostering Team and they go on to care for a child, you will receive a payment of £450 straight into your bank account.

Every 20 minutes a child comes into care in the UK and, with a national shortage of carers, the Fostering Team has been reaching out into communities across Cornwall to find new carers.

As Cornwall Council employees come from every nook and cranny of the county, it’s worth playing to our strengths, so we’re asking everyone to ask their friends and family members if they’ve thought about caring for a child.

Children who come into care come from all walks of life, so we’re looking for carers to match – if your friends and family members are over 21 and ready to take on a challenge, they can find out more by calling the Fostering Team on 01872 323 638 or enquire from this website.

If you refer a friend or family members, just make sure they mention your name when they enquire and if they go on to become a foster carer and take their first child placement, the money will automatically be paid into you bank account.

National Adoption Week 2019

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The focus of this year’s National Adoption Week is on those children who wait longer to find their forever families; children with disability, older children and, in particular, sibling groups. Cornwall is no exception to this, with 5 groups of two and 1 sibling group of three currently waiting for us to find them a loving home.

We’re working with other regional and voluntary agencies to support the good work of National Adoption Week, so watch this space for more news and updates, but thought it might be a good idea to do a bit of mythbusting while we were about it as well.

So who can and can’t adopt? Plenty of myths here, but whatever you may have heard of read, it’s fair to say that the default position today is – assume you can!

Here’s what you need to know:

The adoption process can prepare you for becoming an adopter within as little as six months

There are children who need a new, permanent family now

Anyone over 21 can adopt and there is no upper age limit

LGTQ+ and intersex people can adopt

Single people can adopt

Adopters can be of any religion or none

Disabled people can adopt

Adopters will be fully trained before the child is placed

Adopters are supported throughout the process and beyond

If you’ve been thinking about adoption, now’s the time to get in touch. We have two informal drop-ins arranged across National Adoption Week:

Falmouth Park Family Hub – Park Terrace TR11 2DJ – Thursday October 17th: 1pm – 4pm

Trenance Children’s Centre, Trenance Road Newquay TR7 2LU – Friday October 18th: 1pm – 4pm

So feel free to drop over and see us for an informal, discreet chat to answer any questions you might have about adopting, otherwise you can call us on 01872 322 200 to find out more or visit www.adoptincornwall.

New support network to secure best outcomes for Cornwall’s children in care

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A new support service is being launched in Cornwall to give greater support to foster carers and the children they look after. The new Specialist Fostering Support team is made up of social workers, family support workers, youth workers, family therapists and educational psychologists from Cornwall Council’s Together for Families.

The aim of the 10-strong team is to provide an unparalleled support network for carers and those in their care, liaising with enhanced social work teams in the east and west of Cornwall to deliver planned preventative and therapeutic support where it is most needed and at the right time.

Fostering Service Manager, Julie Goodwin, said: “Over the last few months we have undergone a process of change, which has been informed by our feedback from foster carers and internal experience. This reconfiguration centres on a renewed focus on targeted and early support to foster carers, children and young people, with a vision to improve placement stability and secure the best outcomes for Cornwall’s children in care.”

Trauma and abuse experienced by young  people in their early lives can lead to challenging behaviours that can place additional stresses on their placement and relationship with carers. Working closely with wider support teams will allow the Specialist Fostering Support team to develop a deeper level of understanding of any potential issues, allowing for earlier intervention.

Referrals to the Specialist Fostering Support team will come from the council’s existing Fostering Supervisory teams and, where appropriate, the Placement Hub, with the most suitable support and intervention being decided upon based on every individual situation.

The wide skills and experience of the new team mean it will have the ability to work across all age ranges and situations to better equip foster carers to therapeutically parent children and young people who have experienced trauma.

In addition, the role of the Specialist Support team will be to enhance the training and development strategies for existing foster carers by providing regular group work and learning opportunities for them.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, added: “Our aim is not only to have the best support network in the country but to also have the best trained, skilled and informed foster carers to bring about the most positive change and eventual outcomes for all children and young people in care.”

The new Specialist Fostering Support team will launch activity dates for children and young people in care at key points throughout the year, as part of their combined role supporting both foster carers and those in their care.

For more information about fostering and fostering support with Cornwall Council, visit or call 01872 323 638.

Top 10 family friendly films featuring fostering and adoption

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Lots of us have no doubt seen and enjoyed last year’s box office hit, Instant Family, which dealt with the US foster care adoption process with great style and humour. The film was based on the true life experience of director Sean Anders, who was quoted as saying: “Adopting our kids was the best thing that’s ever happened to us.” That certainly came across in the film and is something that will strike a chord with many of you.

Instant Family was a box office hit wherever it played and is a great movie for any family with fostered or adopted children, but it’s certainly not the first family friendly film to share the topic!

Here are a few of our favourites and you might be surprised by one or two of them

1.Meet the Robinsons – Lewis, a brilliant young inventor goes on a wacky adventure to discover who he is and meet his loving, forever family.

2. Secondhand Lions – a funny, must-see movie about adoption within families.

3. Stuart Little – The adorable little mouse who finds his forever home with the Little family

4. Martian Child – Not so well known but a beautiful and heart-warming tale about how adoption can affect both parent and child

5. Lilo & Stitch – the tale of siblings in the care system who look like they might end up getting separated but stay together in the end

6. Kung Fu Panda – Po, the panda, is raised by his adoptive father My Ping, the goose! A lovely story showing how an adopted son goes on to become a hero.

7. Annie – The quintessential, old school rags to riches story about adoption with a happy, happy ending. Come on, we can all join in with the songs!

8. Despicable Me – Gru’s hilarious quest to become simultaneously the best villain AND the best dad to his three adopted girls.

9. The Blind Side – For older children, this story is a truly heartwarming one about transracial adoption with a fantastic ending.

10. Tarzan. Tarzan? Yes, Tarzan, who loses his parents and is lovingly parented by Kala the gorilla. As she famously says in the film: “I’m your mother. I know everything. Now, where have you been?”

All of these movies are great examples of the diversity of modern family life and, as the Meet the Robinsons catchline has it: ” If you think your family’s different, wait til you meet the family of the future!”

What do you think? Let us know your favourite and maybe you know some we could add to the list?

Source: Thanks to Michael Cramer for featured photos.

Pebble power at the Royal Cornwall Show

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What a fabulous Royal Cornwall Show! It did its usual thing; sun – rain – sun..and then some more rain, but as usual the doughty Cornish folk proved their mettle and braved the elements to make it a huge success again, whatever the weather.

The Fostering and Adoption team were there in full force at the Cornwall Council stand to meet the general public, armed with our brand new 500 shoes video and around double that number of sustainably sourced Cornish pebbles, kindly donated by Contec Landscaping.

Thanks to the marketing team also for locating some brilliant chalk marker pens that not only coloured the pebbles perfectly, but also meant we weren’t knee deep in paint by the end of day 1 .

It was great to see so many people interested in finding out more about fostering and adoption and lovely to see the interest that our pebbles were generating amongst the younger audience!

Having said that, the older children were definitely distracted by the virtual reality demo going on next door on the council’s Ambitions display area, as were some of our own team!!

All in all, a really successful three days for the team, featuring interviews on Pirate FM and the live Cornwall Channel feed from the show on social media about our new cross county support network. Look out for more news on this in the coming weeks, but our new East and West social worker teams, coupled with our new Central support hub offering 24/7 support for carers and young people in care across Cornwall, is going to make a huge difference to all of our wonderful foster carers.

So, positive feedback all round and plenty of discussion about fostering and adoption, but what wasn’t expected was political debate amongst the pebbles!

Looking forward to meeting lots more prospective carers and adopters when we hit the road again soon at a summer event near you. We’re already booked for RNLI Day down at Porthleven and we’ll be at plenty of other family days in the sunshine (we hope!). Watch this space for more news and if you made it to the show, we hope you had a great time!

Find out how you can make a difference

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There are nearly 500 young people currently in care across our county and Cornwall Council is constantly looking to recruit new carers who are able to offer loving homes and nurturing environments to those who need them most.

With such a diverse range of young people in care, we’re looking for carers from all walks of life and with different life experiences. The children themselves range from newborn to teenagers and some are sibling groups but, like all children, they need to be part of a family where they are nurtured and feel safe.

Fostering isn’t easy and we don’t hide from that but you can make a real difference to children’s lives. Take it from us, it isn’t just about the hello, it’s about the whole journey.

Call 01872 323 638 to sign up and find out more. And don’t worry if you can’t make this meeting as we’ll be announcing more dates for Information Meetings across Cornwall very soon.

Information meetings

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We hold regular information meetings where you can find out more about fostering or adoption. The meetings are run by experienced members of the team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact the relevant team via our Get in Touch page.

"Get in contact, there’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain. You could gain a new family!"

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