Deaf News: Were you fostered? Tomorrow’s deaf foster kids may need your help

Posted on August 15, 2013


The UK’s leading deaf children’s charity NDCS (Naitonal Deaf Children’s Society) is currently working on a project to support the needs of deaf children and young people who are fostered.

Being fostered can be a traumatic time for any child and NDCS say that too often many deaf children or young people who have to be placed with a new family do not get the support they need, despite the sometimes best attempts by social workers and foster carers themselves.

NDCS are currently collecting the views of foster carers, fostering professionals and children who are in foster care and say it would also be very useful to hear the stories from any deaf adults who have had experience of being fostered as a child.

The project will aim to identify good practice and lead to a resource which will support foster carers or children who are being fostered and also assist fostering services with the assessment and placing of deaf children. NDCS are reassuring those who take part that no child, adult, local authority or foster agency will be named in any publication as a result of the research.

If you are interested in taking part in this important work, NDCS would very much like to hear from you. Please contact either Chris Kang-Mullen or Anne Oakes at NDCS at: ckmullen@ndsc.org.uk or anne.oakes@ndcs.org.uk

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the UK’s leading charity working to ensure every deaf child achieves their full potential but support children, young people and their families.

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