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    Tips For Managing Stress As A Foster Carer

    Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be quite stressful at times. As you open your heart and home to children in need, it’s important to also make time for your own self-care. This ensures you have the emotional capacity to fully support your foster children. Use the following tips to better manage any stresses that arise in your fostering journey.   Connect with Other Carers Seeking out connections with other foster carers provides a space to share your experiences in a judgement-free environment. Local support groups are a great way to meet those who truly understand the unique joys and difficulties you face. You…

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    Christmas Magic with The Nutcracker

    Christmas really came to town in Birmingham on Friday with the opening night of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s yuletide classic at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  A full house for the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production showed that this evergreen classic shows no sign of losing its ability to enchant, with this particular production stunning in both dance and visually through the incredible sets. The Nutcracker tells the story of a wonderful family Christmas Eve, with the initial scenes dominated by a wonderful Christmas tree. This is a picture box Victorian Christmas scene, one that could’ve come from a Christmas card, or the top of a quality street tin, the tableaux is so vivid…

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    The Role of Foster Parents as Advocates

    Foster parents play a critical role as advocates for the children in their care. When a child enters the foster care system, there are often some challenges. They may have been removed from their biological parents and family due to abuse, neglect, or other safety concerns. This means that foster children can have complex needs, both emotionally and regarding their physical health and development. As advocates, foster parents must ensure these vulnerable children have their needs met while in care.   Liaise with Medical Professionals One of the most important jobs as a foster parent is to help with a child’s medical care. Children in foster care may arrive in your…