You might be interested in...
We've also been talking to birth children as part of the campaign, to find out more about their lives as foster brothers and sisters.
Being part of a fostering family for 16 years, Emma, has always been a regular visitor to her parents’ home who foster. “When my parents started fostering, I already had my own family but I have spent a lot of time with the children who live with them. I have found it very rewarding being part of a fostering family and have had a good bond with children that lived with my parents. It’s just like having siblings or nieces or nephews!
“It has given my daughter a big extended family and I always feel like an Auntie. There have been difficult times, but we’ve always overcome any challenges we’ve faced.
“I’ve got many wonderful memories from over the years, such as going to Scotland as a big group, or having large Christmas meals together. All of the children we’ve looked after have always become part of our family and have been loved and accepted by us all. If I had the chance to go back in time and choose if my parents fostered or not, I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Ryan, aged 24, has been part of a fostering family for ten years. When asked about how he feels about sharing his home with foster children, he commented: “It’s been enjoyable but I find it challenging when I see my parents being treated with disrespect. I have many lovely memories though, and I love to see foster children succeed and gain confidence through the guidance they receive from our family.
“I love to also see the kinds of opportunities that we enjoyed as children shared with those we care for.”
There are over 8,500 children and young people in foster care across Yorkshire and more than 900 new foster families are needed. Regardless of age, sex or family size, foster parents play a vital part in providing a loving and stable home for children and young people in need.
September 25 2019
Fostering When You Have a Child – Why You Should Consider it!
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.
December 13 2018
How To Encourage Learning Over Christmas
Christmas can provide many opportunities for our children and young people to practice the skills they have been learning at school.
December 7 2018
10 Ways to Make a Foster Child Feel Special at Christmas
As the festive season approaches, our foster carers share their tips on how to make a foster child feel special and part of the family at Christmas.
December 6 2018
How You Can Help Your Child Deal with Frustration and Anger
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.
April 11 2018
How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child
Read some advice from our foster carers on how to prepare for the arrival of your first foster child.
April 10 2018
National Siblings Day 2018
Today, we are proudly supporting National Siblings Day – a day to mark and honour the lifelong bonds between brothers and sisters.
October 22 2021
Sons and Daughters Month 2021
As part of Sons and Daughters month, our Yorkshire team thanks the birth children of our foster parents for the important role they play within a fostering family.
June 21 2020
Southern Counties Charity Partnership with ASDAN
Our Southern Counties team announces charity partnership with the education charity, Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network (ASDAN) to improve the lives of children and young people in care.
April 6 2020
Fostering Assessments with Orange Grove during social distancing
We're still recruiting foster parents during these challenging times and are now undertaking virtual fostering assessments and training.
January 31 2020
Yorkshire ‘Outstanding’ for Two Consecutive Ofsted Inspections
Our Yorkshire team is celebrating after receiving its second consecutive Outstanding Ofsted report since 2016.
November 22 2019
Team MK Take On 12-Hour Cyclathon for Children In Need
Our Milton Keynes team took on the impressive challenge of a 12-hour cyclathon and raised more than £560 for Children in Need.
August 23 2019
Celebrating LGBTQ+ Fostering at Brighton Pride
Our Southern Counties team attended Brighton Pride to encourage others within the LGBTQ+ community to consider fostering.
November 29 2021
“He said to me that we were like his foster grandparents"
Respite foster carer, Karen, talks about how she and her husband became respite foster parents for Orange Grove.
June 3 2020
Welcoming our first foster child into our home
Michelle and Andy have had their own child fly the nest already, and now at the age of 48 and 51, the couple share their journey of welcoming their new foster children into their home.
March 4 2020
“I have everything I need with Jackie”
Olivia* was just 10 years old when she came to live with her foster parent, Jackie. Today, Olivia reflects on her emotional journey living in foster care.
December 6 2019
“It’s important to think about fostering when you’re younger”
Alarna and Jermayne, 26-year-olds want to encourage other young people to start their fostering journey sooner rather than later.
November 18 2019
“Fostering has had such a positive impact on my life”
Lynette has cared for 34 children in 7 and a half years. Today, she shares her experience as a foster parent.