News and insights from our fostering team

Thoughts from our Therapeutic Lead

As I was listening to a foster parent talk about a torrent of abuse that had flooded out of their young person’s mouth, an image came into my mind, that the words might be experienced as bullets fired from a ...
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What you never knew about a supervising social worker!

The role of the supervising social worker (SSW) is complex, involving managerial, supervisory, educative and support functions and is one that is not always fully understood or appreciated. I had a chat with one of our SSWs  and asked her ...
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Therapeutic parenting strategy

How does a therapeutic parenting strategy work? It only works within a relationship where some kind of connection and attunement is present. Though as we know connecting with our children and young people can be challenging as they often reject ...
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Reflecting and moving forwards

January is always a time to reflect and 2020 certainly was a difficult year for so many people in so many ways. It was especially hard for those in lockdown who were suffering domestic abuse or violence and who’s home ...
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What is support work?

Support is vital for a good outcome in fostering.  Each of our young people have their own dedicated support worker with a plan unique to them, to enable them to flourish and achieve their full potential. Take a look at ...
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Do you have to have had children to be a foster parent?

A question we are often asked is ‘Do we have to have had our own children to foster?’ and the simple answer is ‘No’. Last week at panel we had two households approved, a single female and a couple, neither ...
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Stress – 5 steps to stillness

STRESS – 5 STEPS TO STILLNESS by Nicky Clinch, writer at Counselling Directory We live in a world that is moving at 150 miles an hour. There just always seems to be big changes occurring, more to process and more ...
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What happens at panel?

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you go to panel? Some applicants find the thought of this very daunting, but we want to reassure that you do not need to worry unnecessarily.  We will make sure that you ...
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What is Skills to Foster?

As part of the assessment process to become a foster parent you are required to attend a 3 day training course called Skills to Foster.  It is a pre-approval preparation course to give you a deeper understanding of fostering, to ...
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Why do we need foster parents?

Q. Why do we need foster parents? A. Because every 20 minutes a child comes into care needing a foster family There are 65,000 children in fostercare which is 75% of all children in care, more than are in residential ...
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A Foster Parent’s first year with Mosaic Foster Care

Have you ever wondered what happens after  you enquire…. how does the process work….. how long is the process…. what are the various stages you go through to becoming an approved foster parent… ? Please take a look at this ...
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The role of a support worker

This week I spoke to one of our young person’s support workers to find out more about his role within our agency. “Hi, my name is Pete and I am a Support Worker for Mosaic Foster Care. My work involves ...
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Appointment of a Clinical Lead

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Aly Thompson as our full time Clinical Lead. With over 10 years as a foster parent herself, Aly has studied to Master’s level at Essex University as a psychodynamic organisational therapist. She ...
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Change your viewpoint

At a time when many of us find ourselves in a different place, possibly physically as well as mentally, our world and circumstances can change depending on how we choose to look at things. French critic Alphonse Karr once said: ...
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Teamwork – What it means to be part of a team

I have worked as part of the Mosaic Team for over 8 years and my main role is to find new people to be our foster parents.   I find this immensely satisfying as I know that together we are making ...
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What do they do?

As I mentioned in a previous blog, all industries have terms that you may not have come across before.  So today, here’s a list of people you might meet in your time in fostering with an explanation of their role: ...
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Technology at its best!

At the start of this year who would have thought that we would soon be living in a ‘virtual’ world for most of our everyday activities… speaking to friends and family, doing our shopping, going to the doctor, attending social ...
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What Does It Mean?

Making it easier for you In all businesses acronyms are used which can be very confusing and sometimes it is awkward to ask what something means.  At Mosaic Foster Care we try to make it as easy as possible for ...
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How lockdown has affected foster care

An interesting article on how lockdown has affected those in foster care. The impact of lockdown on foster parents, children and young people. By Dr Jane Herd, Orb8 CEO As we come out of lock down and continue to manage the ...
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Taking the first step into fostering

We know that it can be daunting taking that first step into enquiring about fostering. Typically people have been thinking about it for many years and then something triggers that thought and brings it forward.. the time becomes the right ...
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A huge rise for foster parents anticipated

Depending on where you take your source of information from, the percentages change, but we all know that once lockdown releases further and schools fully reopen there will sadly be a massive increase in the number of young people in ...
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Our Panel members

We are often asked about who will be sitting on Panel as it can be quite a daunting thought for some people. We want to assure you that we do all we can to put you at ease and make ...
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Mosaic Foster Care rated as 'Outstanding'

Mosaic Foster Care rated as ‘Outstanding’

Mosaic, a leading foster care agency which specialises in helping young people and children who have had a difficult start in life has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Mosaic Foster Care, an independent agency based in Southend and Colchester, ...
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Professional praise for our Fostering Agency

Professional praise for our Fostering Agency

We take great pride in the work that we do with our young people.  We are a true therapeutic fostering agency and it is fantastic when professionals recognise us for the work we do. Recognition in the fostering industry “The young people ...
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New appreciation award introduced for foster parents

New appreciation award introduced for foster parents

We are excited to announce that in 2018 we launched our Appreciation Awards for our foster parents, to acknowledge the valuable contribution made to the lives of our Young People and dedication shown to our Fostering Agency. The Awards mark ...
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