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Can hospitality change the world?

To offer genuine hospitality, we need to provide “hospital care” to others. If we then can see our homes as hospitals, what difference would that make to the care system and to the lives of vulnerable children?

When we decided to offer our two boys a permanent place in our family, our social worker asked us to consider whether we were the A&E department or the long-term recovery unit. Our answer is that our home is both these things. Our boys needed desperate, urgent care when they arrived, so we did our best to meet their immediate needs. Over the years they moved to a more long term care plan, in the form of stability, opportunities, limitless love, time and compassion, friends, therapeutic care and a place to thrive.

Krish Kandiah, foster carer, adoptive parent and founder of Home for Good, explores the theme of hospitality in this recent TEDxOxford talk.

Free PACE Poster

If, like me, you need some help in applying PACE to your parenting (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy), and a visual reminder of what PACE actually means in practice, here is a link to a wonderful resource created by Emma Sutton, adoptive parent and PACE genius!

She has created a free to download poster that you could display at home, or give copies of to your local school, youth club, social worker … It’s bright, colourful, fun, imaginative and makes you feel like adopting PACE is faintly achieveable, even amongst the general chaos of our lives.

The poster is available here: http://nibblesandbubbles.co.uk/pace-yourself/

Child to Parent Violence and Building Resilience

Al Coates MBE, adoptive father of six and social worker will be leading a seminar on:

  • Child to Parent Aggression and Violence
  • Building Our Resilience

Al is a member of the DfE Expert Advisory Group on Adoption Support and a director of CEL&T. He writes a popular blog ‘Misadventures of an Adoptive Dad’ which can be found at www.alcoates.co.uk and has released a series of podcasts covering numerous topics.

The seminar takes place at 7.30pm on 19th April and tickets cost £2. Please email: for details.

Help with tax and self assessment

The HMRC has a variety of online support if you need help with your tax return.

Their YouTube channel has a range of short videos on self assessment covering topics such as: expenses if you are self-employed, paying your tax bill and viewing your calculation.

They also offer a range of webinars to help you with your self assessment.

For more details, or to book onto a webinar, please go to: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHMRCED/bulletins/1d0527c 


Drinks reception

Home for Good: Leicester, a local movement of the national fostering and adoption charity Home for Good, was launched nearly one year ago.

To celebrate, they are hosting a free drinks reception for anyone who would like to find out more about their work, and to thank their supporters.

It takes place on Saturday 20th January, 7.30 pm at Knighton Free Church, Brinsmead Road, Leicester LE2 3WB. RSVP to .

Happy new year!

So 2018 is now upon us. Why not start the year by getting your voice heard in government?

The Departments for Health and Education are currently consulting on the use of restraint on vulnerable children and on mental health support – two very important issues.

  1. Restraint: add your views on the draft guidance, which will apply to children with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, mental health needs and those living in foster placements:  DH Consultation Hub. The closing date is 24th January 2018.
  2. Mental health support for children and young people, with a focus on earlier intervention and prevention. The Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ sets out three core proposals:
  • Incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health
  • Fund new Mental Health Support Teams to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help
  • Reduce waiting times for NHS services for those children and young people who need specialist help.

The closing date is noon on the 2nd March 2018 and the links are provided on the Gov.uk website. 

News from CoramBAAF

The following may be of interest:

  • Foster Children in England to be Entitled to 30 Hours Free Childcare – Children and Families Minister, Robert Goodwill, has announced that the offer of 30 hours of free childcare will be extended to foster carers, where it is right for the child to do so. An article on this can be found here: Guardian website.
  • Sir Martin Narey’s Fostering Stocktake Report has been delivered to Government and will be made publicly available in the New Year.
  • Kinship Carers Need More Support – An article by journalist Louise Tickle argues that kinship carers need to be offered financial and practical support so that more children are able to remain within their birth families. The full article is available on the Guardian website.

Leicester Christmas lights switch on

Great, not another Christmas themed post, but it is my most favourite time of the year!

Leicester’s Christmas lights switch on is Thursday 23rd November. It’s always a lovely event and, for me, marks the start of the festive season. The main stage is on Humberstone Gate, with lots of live performances, including Leicester’s very own foster carers singing group Fostering Voices! Why not come along and support an intrepid group of carers as they heartily belt out some Christmas tunes, soulful melodies and other such delights. We need all the support we can get …

The picture is from last year’s event. We may change the head gear this year (reindeer antlers anyone?)

Christmas party!

It’s official – it’s now less than two months to go so I’m allowing myself to start talking about the C word. Yes, Christmas is coming and that means party time!

If you are an adoptive or foster family living somewhere in Leicester/shire, then we would love to welcome you to the best Christmas party in town, hosted by Home for Good: Leicester. Entertainment will be provided by Great Adamos, who have considerable experience working with LAC and SEN children. Light refreshments will also be available and there may even be a special visit from Santa!

It all takes place on Saturday 9th December and tickets are free! Email "> for more details and to reserve your place. But don’t wait too long – places are limited!

Singing group for foster carers

Why not join Fostering Voices, Leicester’s very own singing group for foster carers! You don’t have to be a great singer (believe me, I go – and I haven’t been thrown out yet…), just enjoy singing and meeting with other foster carers. You even get a free cuppa at the end!

We meet every Thursday lunchtime term time – email "> for more details.