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Greater Manchester Branch Meeting

With Representatives from Stockport's Mockingbird Project

Representatives from Stockport's Mockingbird Project – the project brings together up to ten foster families, known as satellite carers, based around a single hub home. At the hub home, specially trained carers provide support, friendship and respite to the other ten foster families.

The Fostering Network’s Mockingbird programme is an innovative method of delivering foster care using an extended family model which provides 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 programme delivers the Mockingbird Family Model. This centres on a constellation where one foster home acts as a hub, offering planned and emergency sleepovers and short breaks, advice, training and support, to six to 10 satellite fostering or kinship care families. The model was originally developed by The Mockingbird Society in America in 2004.

  • 6:30pm -7:00pm – Welcome and introductions
  • 7.00pm - 8:30pm – Main presentations

Light refreshements will be provided