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Mockingbird Family Model

The Mockingbird Family Model is a unique wraparound fostering service, with a focus on placement stability and with carers and young person support at its core.

The Mockingbird model

NFA London and Heath Farm in conjunction with The Fostering Network, is delivering the Mockingbird programme, which is an innovative method of foster care using the Mockingbird Family Model. This is an extended family model that provides sleepovers and short breaks, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities.

The programme improves the stability of fostering placements and strengthens the relationships between carers, children and young people, fostering services and birth families. With strong relationships at its core, our carer ‘constellations’ are made up of between 6 to 10 fostering families with a ‘hub carer’ at the centre. The hub carers is an experienced foster carer, on hand to support mockingbird foster carers when they need a little extra help.

Being part of the Mockingbird model ensures you are truly part of a fostering family. Both the hub carer and team members organise regular social activities, for both young people and carers, meaning there is a real sense of community and ultimately providing all children in our care with a positive experience. National Fostering Group understand how important it is that our carers feel confident and empowered in their fostering role and being part our the Mockingbird model builds strong relationships and helps our foster cares to feel they have support around them, at all times.

The outcomes of adopting the Mockingbird really do help to build incredible futures for our young people. The constellation of fostering families, the hub carer, the team and the wider community, results in a supportive network where together, we can solve any problems at arise, to ensure we avoid placement breakdown where we can. With a one team approach, we can provide new opportunities for young people to learn, explore who they are and find their way in the world.


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National Fostering Group

  • 24 hour telephone support
  • A generous fostering allowance
  • Excellent training opportunities to help you become an expert
  • Membership to The Fostering Network – where you will find professional advice on all things fostering

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Talk to us and find out more

We run regular events all around the UK where you can chat to foster carers to discover what it’s like to foster a child and take your first step towards making a huge difference.

Attend a local event, call the team on 0800 044 3030, or request a call back. We’re happy to answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer, so get in touch to find out everything you need to know.

Alternatively, take a look at our frequently asked questions to learn more about fostering with us, or read our fostering stories to learn more about what fostering is like from some of our real-life foster carers.