We are proud to be delivering the Mockingbird Family Model. It is an alternative method of delivering foster care. It has the potential to improve placement stability, safety and permanency for children and young people in care, and to improve support for our foster carers.

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It brings together up to ten foster families to form a 'satellite foster family'. At the heart of each foster family is a hub home were a specially recruited and trained foster carer supports other carers within the 'foster family' by offering respite care, social activities or just a familiar friend who is there to offer support and advice. 

We have been running the model in Doncaster since the end of 2015 and have found that it benefits both foster carers and the children. This extended 'foster family' empowers families to support each other and overcome problems before they escalate, and offers children a more positive experience of care. It also builds links with other foster families and to resources in the wider community. This can provide them with enhanced opportunities to learn, develop and succeed.

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Call our fostering team on 01302 737 789 or email FosterFor@doncaster.gov.uk We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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