Can the Mockingbird model of foster care fly in the UK?

Wednesday 10 August 2016

“Not another innovation in social care!” That’s a phrase Lily Stevens, project manager for the Fostering Network has heard time and again, as she begins to roll out a new fostering approach called the Mockingbird family model. But, she says, this one is different and could really revolutionise how fostering works in this country.

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It’s also one that has support from government. The Department for Education’s innovation programme awarded almost £1.6m in funding to the Fostering Network to try out the model in eight local authorities, including Leeds city council, Oxfordshire county council and the royal borough of Greenwich. The year-long pilot officially drew to a close in April, but the project is far from over with an additional five to eight authorities set to join this year.

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