Discovering Potential: Achieving Success

The Mockingbird Family Model

Fostering to Inspire, 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.

The Mockingbird Family Model with Fostering to Inspire

The Mockingbird programme is based on the Mockingbird Family Model, which was originally developed by The Mockingbird Society in America in 2004.

The Fostering Network was funded by the Department for Education’s Children's Social Care Innovation Programme in 2015 to develop the Mockingbird programme in the UK. This was done in partnership with The Mockingbird Society.

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children to make foster care the very best it can be.

Here at Fostering to Inspire we are delighted to be working with the Fostering Network to deliver such a meaningful programme, which can truly change the lives of young people.