Wakefield Mockingbird Programme

Wakefield Fostering, in conjunction with The Fostering Network, is delivering the Mockingbird programme, which is an innovative method of foster care using the Mockingbird Family Model. 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.

What is Mockingbird?

The Mockingbird model 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.

How can I get involved?

We've successfully achieved funding from the Department for Education (DfE) and are working with The Fostering Network to deliver the Mockingbird Family Model in Wakefield. We're looking for experienced carers, or professionals from a caring background, to be a part of this innovative method of delivering foster care.



Details of the roles available are below:

Hub home carer

Hub home carers:

  • have a crucial role in the constellation;
  • are the key communicator between the hub home, satellite carer homes and the service;
  • have a close working relationship with the liaison social worker;
  • offer planned, unplanned, emergency, outreach and day care for the children in the constellation;
  • co-ordinate social activities and support meetings;
  • support the delivery of training opportunities to constellation carers;
  • work in partnership with a child's care plan.

Satellite carer

Satellite carers:

  • work with the hub home carers;

  • have a key role in communication and relationships with the liaison social worker;
  • keep daily logs and records;
  • assist with planned, unplanned or emergency care for a child in your care;
  • participate in regular constellation activities, support groups and training opportunities;
  • work in partnership with children's social workers.

​Interested in fostering? Let us know and we'll phone you to talk it through.

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