Our First Foster Child – Michelle and Andy

28 August, 2020

Once you’ve been approved as a foster parent, the past few months of assessment, form filling and checks are suddenly behind you and you are now ready to welcome a child into your family and home. Family congratulate you and the spare room is ready for your new arrival and then what? Michelle and Andy […]

Fostering Assessments with Orange Grove during social distancing

6 April, 2020

In light of recent Government social distancing instructions, we have amended our recruitment and assessment processes, to ensure we can still recruit new fostering family during this difficult time. During this unprecedented period, we know many children are still in need of good foster care and as we are all uncertain how long social distancing […]

Our Response to COVID-19

24 March, 2020

A message from our CEO, Jo August. At Orange Grove, we take the health and safety of our children and young people, foster families and employees very seriously. Following Government advice as a precautionary measure, from Monday 23rd March we have decided to close all of our offices until further notice.  We believe that we all […]

Yorkshire ‘Outstanding’ for Two Consecutive Ofsted Inspections

31 January, 2020 Outstanding fostering agency yorkshire

Our Yorkshire team is celebrating after receiving its second consecutive Outstanding Ofsted report since 2016. The team were praised by inspectors for “providing first-rate support to their foster carers and children and young people,” and described the agency as “flourishing because of the high-quality, nurturing care and support provided by their foster carers.” Ofsted also […]

Orange Grove Donates Over 200 Items to Food Banks This Christmas

20 December, 2019 Foodbank appeal 2019

Our local teams have been busy collecting food to help those in need during the festive season. The Trussell Trust has revealed that December 2018 was the busiest month for food banks across the UK last year. During the month, 186,185 three-day emergency parcels were provided and 78,536 of these were for children. This is […]

“It’s important to think about fostering when you’re younger”

6 December, 2019 Foster carers

Alarna and Jermayne, 26-year-olds based in Telford, want to encourage other young people to start their fostering journey sooner rather than later.  Alarna and Jermayne’s journey into fostering started when they were at school. Jermayne had a close friend who was in care and he would regularly go and visit him at his foster carers […]

Team MK Take On 12-Hour Cyclathon for Children In Need

29 November, 2019

Our Milton Keynes team took on the impressive challenge of a 12-hour cyclathon on Friday 15th November, raising over £560 for Children in Need. 7 am marked the start of the cyclathon for the Milton Keynes fostering team who pedalled throughout the day in their Wavendon office. They continued to cycle for 12 hours, not […]

“Fostering has had such a positive impact on my life” – Lynette’s story

18 November, 2019 Foster carer stories

Lynette, who has cared for 34 children in 7 and a half years, shares her experience. I’ve always considered fostering as I knew I wanted to help vulnerable children in our communities live a life they deserve. I thought about the idea a lot, but naturally I fell into the 9-5 regime and pursued a […]

“Never give up, you can make a difference” – Lindsey’s story

8 November, 2019 Fostering Case Study Merseyside

Lindsey shares a powerful message for new foster carers. Lindsey and Scott, based in Merseyside, have always considered fostering. With many of their friends working as foster carers, they heard and saw first hand the positive and rewarding experiences being felt by both their carer friends and their children. As a result, it’s always felt […]

“I began to see an amazing change in him” – Alison’s Story

31 October, 2019

“I wanted to give children the chance to have a safe and loving childhood” Alison shares her inspiring fostering journey. When Ali was young, she was always a straight A student but when she was exposed to her parent’s abusive relationship, her path changed. As a result, when she was a teenager, she started experimenting […]

“Being in care was the best thing that ever happened to me” | Zacc’s Story

11 October, 2019 care leaver stories

Zacc Gesto shares his experiences after his first year at university Zacc Gesto was first placed with Ruth and Suso over 15 years ago, when he was only four and a half years old. At the age of 10, Zacc lost his foster mother Ruth, leaving Suso to look after Zacc and the couple’s other […]

Fostering When You Have a Child – Here’s Why You Should Consider it!

25 September, 2019 fostering when you have a child

Fostering when you have a child of your own living at home can be an enriching and rewarding experience that your whole family benefits from. Children who foster learn valuable life lessons, such as sharing, caring for others, empathy and lots more. According to a survey conducted by The Fostering Network, one of the key […]

Jim & Jeanette’s Fostering Journey

29 August, 2019 Fostering Case Study

”Fostering changed our lives for the better!” Jim, 57,  and Jeanette Dowling, 54, from Bolton, have always wanted children of their own. Foster caring gave them so much more than what they expected; it changed their lives forever. Having always loved children, Jim and Jeanette finally decided to take the leap after suggestions from Jeanette’s […]

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Fostering at Brighton Pride

23 August, 2019 LGBT Fostering

Earlier this month, we were honoured to have a stand at Brighton Pride, where our Southern Counties staff and foster carers came together to encourage others within the LGBTQ+ community to consider fostering. There are thousands of children who need a stable, loving home and we believe that a person’s sexuality is irrelevant. We have […]

Alan & Annemarie’s Fostering Journey

16 August, 2019

“Fostering has given us a new purpose.” Alan, 67, and Annemarie Murphy, 54, decided to embark on a journey into fostering after having been surrounded by children their whole lives. Alan and Annemarie became part-time parents of their two grandchildren, 4 years and 6 months old at the time, after losing their only son. They […]

Orange Grove North West Rated as Ofsted Outstanding!

25 June, 2019 Orange Grove North West Ofsted Outstanding

Our North West office are celebrating after receiving a second consecutive Outstanding Ofsted report since 2015. The office is responsible for respite, emergency and long and short-term fostering placements for 43 children, in and around Warrington, St Helens, Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport and the surrounding areas . The agency was praised by inspectors for having “high […]

Does Fostering Affect Your Benefits?

24 June, 2019 Does fostering affect your benefits

This article is part of our Foster Carer Finance Guide, which aims to provide foster carers with a better understanding of all things Tax, National Insurance and their Benefit Entitlements. We’ve previously discussed foster carer tax and self-assessments and national insurance for foster carers and now we hope to shed some light on what benefits foster […]

National Insurance for Foster Carers

National Insurance for Foster Carers

This article aims to help you gain a better understanding of national insurance for foster carers. Do foster carers pay National Insurance? Whether you have to pay National Insurance will depend completely on your personal situation. If your taxable income is less than your Qualifying Care Relief amount, then your profits are deemed as NULL […]

Foster Carer Tax and Self-Assessment

Foster Carer Tax and Self Assessment

Tax, National Insurance and benefit entitlements may seem like a total minefield for many foster carers. We’ve put together a series of articles to help you gain a better understanding of the tax, NI and benefits world, so you can focus your energy on the children in your care. This is the first article in […]

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 […]