A new support network for foster carers

The Mockingbird Family Model of foster care is a new kind of support for foster families in the Bradford district. It aims to provide better support for foster carers and children and young people in their care.

The Fostering Network logoThe Fostering Network’s Mockingbird Family Model is a different way of fostering that puts small groups of foster families together like an extended family, called a constellation, to provide peer support and training for foster carers and stability and positive relationships for children in foster care.

The Mockingbird Family Model has significant benefits to all involved and aims to normalise foster care for children. It has the potential to improve placement stability, safety and permanency for children and young people, whilst also improving the support that is available for foster carers.

How it works

This exciting new model of support brings together up to ten satellite foster families to form a constellation.

At the heart of each constellation is a hub home where a specially recruited and trained foster carer supports all the families within the constellation by offering support and advice, sleepovers and social activities.

This model has been shown to empower families to support each other and overcome problems before they escalate. It has also shown significant benefits to the lives of children and young people in care by normalising foster care, minimising placement disruption and building positive links with other families in the constellation. 

You can watch these videos to find out more about Mockingbird:

What is Mockingbird?

Mockingbird in Lockdown

Find out more about the Mockingbird project

Be part of something new

We’re looking for experienced carers, or professionals from other caring backgrounds, to be a part of the next stage of Mockingbird in the Bradford district.

Could you be our next hub home carer? You will need:

If you are interested in becoming a hub home carer with Bradford Fostering, get in touch today to start the conversation.