Natalie’s Fostering Journey

17 May, 2019

“I knew that I had the time and energy to help young people on the right path in life” Nat’s passion for helping young people became a reality when she studied at university to become a teacher. Starting out in a mainstream school before quickly moving to a special needs school, Nat worked with many […]

Dyllan’s Fostering Journey as a Birth Child

7 May, 2019

“It’s just like having an older brother” A birth child of Orange Grove foster carers, has shared his experience of living with a foster child. Dyllan, who is 9-years-old and the birth child of Fiona and Johnathon is constantly asked what it’s like to be living with a fostered child in his own home “Is […]

Teresa’s Fostering Journey

3 May, 2019

“When a child allows you to hold their hand or give you a hug – you can’t beat it” Teresa shares how her challenging teenage years has helped her to relate to the children she’s cared for. “I knew what I was like as a teenager and how challenging those years were, so I felt […]

Fiona & Jon’s Fostering Journey

5 April, 2019

“Fostering has had a positive impact on our family life” Fiona and her husband Jonathon share how they’ve been able to give children they’ve cared for, a better start in life. Five years ago, Fiona was working as a prison officer, while Jonathon worked in Police custody in the intelligence department. On a daily occurrence, […]

How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child

28 March, 2019 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 […]

What To Do the First Day with a Foster Child

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 Support Your Own Children When Fostering

How To Support Birth Children When Fostering

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 […]

Southern Counties Rated Ofsted Outstanding

27 March, 2019 OG Southern Counties Ofsted Outstanding Teams

We’re proud to announce that our Southern Counties team have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ following an official inspection from Ofsted, the independent watchdog. The Southern Counties team provide fostering services in and around Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and is responsible for respite, emergency and long and short-term fostering placements for over […]

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 […]

“I have everything I need with Jackie” – A Foster Child’s Story

4 March, 2019 Foster Child Story

Olivia* was just 10 years old when she came to live with her foster parent, Jackie. Today, five years on from being taken into care, Olivia reflects on her emotional journey of fear, anger, love and now happiness, living with her foster carer Jackie. Jackie has provided Olivia with a sense of belonging and given […]

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 […]

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe Online

5 February, 2019 Keeping Children Safe Online

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 National Storytelling Week 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

Orange Grove have been busy gathering food donations over the festive period to donate to food banks up and down the country, including the Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust said its network of over 400 foodbanks provided almost 160,000 three-day emergency food supplies in December last year, a 49% increase for the monthly average for the 2017/18 […]

How To 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 […]

10 Ways to Make a Foster Child Feel Special at Christmas

7 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 […]

Christmas Card Competition Winner

6 December, 2018

This week we picked this year’s annual Christmas card competition winner – with so many incredible designs it was not easy to choose an overall winner! We received so many entries that our offices already look fully decorated for Christmas. We put out an email to all of our local offices looking for the best […]

How You Can Help Your Child Deal with Frustration 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 […]

Day Out At TruNinja

27 November, 2018

On Wednesday 31st October, Sophie and Laura met with 10 of our young people at TruNinja in Stoke on Trent – TruNinja is a revolutionary adventure Park that is full of different challenges. TruNinja brought lots of fun, fitness and adventure to all our young people who attended. Our carers enjoyed a coffee whilst watching their […]

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

16 November, 2018 Student being bullied by classmates in school

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 […]