Sons and daughters month 2021

Sons and Daughters Month took place between 1-31 October 2021 and is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to celebrate the vital contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care.

Each October, The Fostering Network encourages fostering services across the UK to run events and activities to recognise, thank and reward children and young people for the important role they play in welcoming fostered children into their families.

To support the month we held a range of in-person events hosted by our fostering team during October and an online information evening on 20 October with staff from our fostering recruitment team, as well as foster carers. We also shared stories on our social media pages to say thank you to all the children of our foster carers and celebrate the important contribution they make to foster care. Sons and daughters of foster carers are unsung heroes and we want each and every child and young person who grows up as part of a fostering family to know just how important they are.

Foster carers and Lisa Smith, support worker in our fostering team filmed a series of short videos to show how we supported Sons and Daughters Month. To end the month our fostering team wrote and recorded a poem to say just how much they mean to us and to the children they welcome into their fostering families. Watch the videos in our playlist below (click top right to view full list).

Sons and Daughters Month playlist


Helen has been fostering for three years with her husband and two children (age 14 and 10). For Helen and her family fostering has always been a family decision – they knew from early on, during all the training and decision making, that if it was going to work they all had to be in it together! Read more of their inspiring story.

Sons and daughters: fostering in their own words

"We really enjoy fostering because it teaches you a lot about dealing with different types of people. Not everyone is the same and some people need more time to adapt to some things than others. It has taught us patience and how to interact with others. We have plenty of laughs and some really random conversations!" Alice and Matt

"I love the way we can help the children who need a foster family. I like having extra brothers and sisters to do things with. It is always exciting when we know that we are getting someone new to live with us." Byron

"I like fostering because you can help others and it makes me and my family smile and happy." Isaac

"To me fostering is giving people a better start/chance at life. What I enjoy about fostering is seeing how much the children change for the better and how much they grow up." Mia

One foster carer and young person whose parents foster have put pen to paper and written poems for Sons and Daughters Month. Read the selection of poems

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To be considered as foster carers, people need to be over 21, and living in or close to Lancashire.

There is no typical foster carer – we need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a child with whatever needs they may have. 

If you are considering fostering, please get in touch with us.

Foster with us - we always play on the trampoline

Lisa, Pete and Courtney's story

The sons and daughters of foster carers play an essential role in welcoming fostered children into their families and are an important part in the lives of others in care. 

Lisa, Pete and their daughter Courtney share their fostering experiences.

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