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24th November 2017

3 Ways that foster care may be changing in the future

Being a foster parent is no easy task. It requires total commitment to care for a child you did not give birth to. Add to that the fact that many children who enter the foster system come from families that were not able to show them stability. Some of these children come from parents who do drugs, violence and have even resorted to abusing their own children.

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It is now up to the foster parent to create a positive influence in that child’s life. It can be a daunting task, but many who have been a foster parent for years have claimed that it was all worth it. It helps that there are many support systems available for those who would like to be foster parents. Agencies such as Nexus Fostering aim to provide quality support and care to their network of foster carers.


But there is also fear that in the near future, there will be many changes that could happen in the foster care system. The three listed below are some of the perceived ways that it will change in the future.


  1. Due to financial instability and the cost of housing, fewer people will want to be foster parents.

    Foster carers in the UK are volunteers who get an allowance to cover the costs that they will incur while caring for their foster child. The thing with the setup of the foster system is that carers do not usually have another job. That is because arrangement in foster care is unpredictable, with some placements ending very soon and it might take some time before they get a new charge and during that time, the carers do not get an allowance. There’s also the cost of housing, with many families unable to rent or purchase homes with extra rooms because it is too expensive. Also, the younger generation, despite wanting to care for foster children, is hesitant to rethink their career options due to the financial instability that being a foster carer may bring.

  2. There is a possibility that there will be more residential care than foster carers

    – as stated above, there might be fewer people who will want to be a foster carer. It seems that now most foster carers are already near the age of retirement, and there are not many younger families who would be willing to take the responsibility. The result could mean that instead of foster carers, the children will instead be placed in residential carers, which may pose risks to the foster children.

  3. The campaign for more payment for foster carers may still happen

    – there is a campaign though, spearheaded by Fostering Network where they are proposing that foster carers receive £20,000 a year for payment being a foster carer. Although, it might seem far-off at this point given that there is still economic instability, the fact that it is being proposed may mean a better situation for foster families in the future.

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4 Reasons you should have your office cleaned regularly

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Your office is one of the most important places that should always be kept clean, organized and generally well taken care of. This is the place that you spend most of your time during the week. Generally, all of the places where employees work should be kept clean to ensure that it is hygienic and decluttered. Believe it or not, this has been known to reduce the occurrence of having sick employees. What this means is that a company would maximize their employee productivity if the working conditions of the employees are hygienic and friendly. For this reason, a company requires the services of experienced cleaners. You can get the best cleaning services if you take your time and search for the right companies that do this. Commercial and Office Cleaning Services Perth WA – Quake is one of the best cleaning service providers you will find in Perth, Australia.

Here are 4 reasons you should have your office cleaned on a regular basis.

  1. Helps lower maintenance costs and increase IT equipment lifespan

When your office is cleaned regularly, you are sure that your maintenance costs will be reduced. A clean office looks neat and as such, you are able to tell the areas that require maintenance and even replacements. When you inspect the office on a regular basis, you are assured that areas that require painting, replacements and general maintenance can be spotted. You also need to know that regular cleaning makes the IT equipment in the office usable and long lasting. Cleaning procedures such as dusting and removal of dirt and grime is a good way to ensure that your equipment is in good working condition all year round; effectively reducing maintenance costs.

  1. Decreases Employee sick leave days

It is important to make sure your staff works in a clean environment. Commercial Office Cleaning Services in London can ensure the whole area, including work stations, staff break rooms and toilets will be kept clean and hygienic.
This will help keep staff healthy all year round. Clean offices will effectively help the employees reduce their sick leave days in a year. On average, a worker will be on sick leave for 9 days. With clean offices and clean working environments, this can be reduced drastically. When offices are regularly and effectively cleaned, the spread of germs and viruses will be prevented and all will work happily and healthily.

  1. Clean offices are presentable to your clients

How would you feel walking into a dirty office for services? You would definitely think twice before giving contracts to companies will dirty environments. The same case applies to your office. If your office is not clean and well arranged, you can be sure your clients will not feel your professionalism. A clean office attracts business from clients who are serious and want to work with serious and professional organizations. You have to create the best first impression on your potential clients for a better business prospect in the future.

  1. Affirms your respect for your employees

A business owner who does not invest in cleaning services has no respect for their employees. When staff works in a dirty environment, they feel demoralized. This could finally cause staff apathy and eventually, they will leave your organization to work in better and cleaner companies. Even if your company may not afford the cleaning services of bigger cleaning organizations, you should at least ensure that you have hired affordable cleaners for this service. Regular office cleaning is generally a motivating factor for yourself and your employees.

Christmas Crafts to Keep the Kids Occupied

Christmas is a magical time when you have kids. But, kids can also get excited and hyperactive way before Christmas Day is due to arrive, so it’s a good idea to have a few calming activities up your sleeve. Not only that, crafting is a great way to bond with the kids and create memories while you have the time. The crafts they make in their younger years may stand the test of time and hang around the house at every Christmas from that day forth. So, which crafts are easy for young children to make?

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Make Your Own Stockings

Making your own felt stockings is easy and fun. Perhaps the kids will want to make a stocking for their parents or their pets and hide some small presents inside for Christmas Day. All you need to do is cut out two sock shapes from a large piece of felt. Sew the sides together with some colourful cotton (if your child is very young the sewing is best left to adults), being careful to leave the top open. Add a felt loop to the top of the stocking so it can be hung and then let your children decorate the stocking with felt shapes and buttons.


Mini Christmas Trees

For this craft, you’ll need to find a few polystyrene cones. Lay some newspapers or an old sheet on your dining room table to avoid causing any damage. Allow your children to paint the cones green and then sprinkle some clear or green glitter on top. Decorate each tree by glueing little pom poms around them and create a small paper star to glue to the top. If you’re really creative, you can even create your very own Santa by using white and red felt and cotton.


Merry Christmas Garland

There’s nothing quite like having a handmade Christmas garland hanging from the fireplace. One of the easiest ways to make your own garland is with upholstery foam sheets you can cut up into letters. Once your letters are cut, cover the front side in glue and sprinkle with glitter. Once the glitter and glue have dried, thread a needle through each letter with cotton or silk and tie at the ends. You can use pins to hang your garland as you wish.





Make Your Own Snow Globe

This one usually goes down well with the kids. You’ll need a glass jar with a tight lip or lid. Ask your children to search through their toys and find a mini figure that will fit in the glass jar. Glue the figure to the bottom of the glass jar using waterproof glue. Let that dry for a while before filling the jar with silver glitter that covers the bottom. Add water (regular tap water is sufficient) and place the lid tightly on the jar. Shake the jar up and let your children see it snow on their chosen figure.


Making crafts at Christmas time can be such fun for kids (and adults too!)

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