Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019


Annie Shafi

As the year comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the year. It is especially a good time to reflect on what we have achieved during the year. it can come as a surprise as to what we have achieved throughout the year. Often throughout the year, we are too busy to notice it.

A lot can happen in a year for some it can include welcoming multiple placements or long-term placement. for a senior foster carer, it can also involve mentoring new carers, for some, it can even mean participating in the skills to foster training.

Some of us will start the new year and have a new placement whereas some of us will add another year with the same foster thing I realised quite quickly is that as a foster parent about 90% of what we do is reactive as we can’t predict or anticipate situations and 10% percent is proactive.

As Muslim Foster Network we have had a really busy year this year and have spent the year raising awareness on fostering up and down the country, offering support to potential foster carers and existing foster carers.

We have also been encouraging those who had been thinking about fostering to take the next step and apply. All in all, therefore, looking back, I feel reasonably satisfied that I did my best in 2018 and achieved a fair amount. However, the greatest achievement in our fostering campaigns has been the Ramadan Giftboxes, where we collaborated with Local Authorities to send the Foster child and foster families gifts. In total, we sent over 600 gifts to Foster children in placements.

In 2019 we look to double the gifts we send out to foster children as well as amplifying our outreach to potential foster carers.

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