Mulberry Foster Care

Therapeutic Fostering

At Mulberry Foster Care, we recognise that fostering goes beyond providing a safe home for children. We believe that care involves supporting our carers to help children in placement, offering nurturing care, understanding, and a therapeutic environment necessary to help them thrive. We are proud to be a leading therapeutic fostering agency, committed to enhancing the lives of both our foster children and our dedicated carers

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RAFT - Relational, Actions, Feelings & Thoughts

RAFT, which stands for Relational, Actions, Feelings & Thoughts, is both a model and a training program that blends various therapeutic elements with a systemic approach. It draws on concepts from interpersonal neurobiology, mentalization, and cognitive theory, providing the theoretical foundation for training and communication principles. Furthermore, RAFT training delves deeper into nurturing parenting concepts, assisting foster carers in translating theory into practical skills for everyday communication and nurturing caring responses.

Aims of RAFT training:

To increase self-regulation and to help develop/maintain a nurturing learning environment. Additionally, to assist foster carers in cultivating a heightened awareness of how their emotional and communicative responses affect another. To support foster carers in co-regulating children under their care, utilizing skills to enact what interpersonal neurobiology terms as integrative actions/responses. These actions aim to alleviate distress, enhance engagement, and promote their development.

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Family Therapist

As an agency we are supported by our in house Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Shakira Maknoon. By delivering RAFT training and reinforcing our Supervising Social Worker Team with Systemic interventions, we can ensure a genuine therapeutic fostering model

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Play Therapy

At Mulberry Foster Care, we understand the profound impact of play therapy in helping children express themselves, process emotions, and heal from past trauma. Under the guidance of our experienced therapist, Judith Billingham, play therapy becomes a transformative tool for our young residents. Judith brings a wealth of expertise and compassion to her sessions, creating a safe and supportive environment where children feel empowered to explore their thoughts and feelings through play. Through carefully selected activities and interventions, Judith helps children develop coping skills, build resilience, and form healthy attachments. Her dedication to each child's individual needs ensures that they receive the personalized care and attention they deserve on their journey towards healing and growth.

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Equine Therapy

At Mulberry Foster Care, we recognize the powerful healing potential of equine therapy, which is why we've partnered with Hayswood Equestrian to offer this unique form of therapeutic intervention. Led by experienced professionals, our equine therapy program provides children in foster care with the opportunity to connect with horses in a safe and nurturing environment. Through interactions with these majestic animals, children learn valuable lessons in trust, communication, and emotional regulation. Under the guidance of the skilled team at Hayswood Equestrian, participants develop essential life skills, such as empathy, responsibility, and self-confidence, as they engage in activities like grooming, riding, and groundwork exercises. The bond formed between children and horses fosters a sense of connection and empowerment, contributing to their overall well-being and personal development. Equine therapy at Mulberry Foster Care offers a unique and enriching experience that complements our holistic approach to fostering, helping children thrive and reach their full potential.

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At Mulberry Foster Care, we understand the importance of positive role models and supportive relationships in the lives of children in foster care. That's why we've partnered with Mentor Link to offer a comprehensive mentoring program aimed at providing children with the guidance and encouragement they need to succeed. Through one-on-one mentoring sessions with trained volunteers, children in our care have the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with caring adults who serve as role models and advocates. Mentor Link's team of dedicated mentors provides individualised support, helping children set goals, build confidence, and navigate life's challenges. Whether it's academic support, career guidance, or simply someone to talk to, our mentoring program offers a safe and supportive space for children to explore their interests, discover their strengths, and unlock their full potential. At Mulberry Foster Care, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive, and our partnership with Mentor Link reflects our commitment to providing comprehensive support and resources to help children succeed in all aspects of life.

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Adventure Plus

Mulberry Foster Care is proud to offer outdoor adventures in collaboration with our esteemed partners at Adventure Plus. Our outdoor adventure program provides children in foster care with exciting opportunities to explore the great outdoors, build resilience, and develop valuable life skills. Led by experienced outdoor instructors, Adventure Plus offers a wide range of activities, including hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and team-building challenges. These adventures not only provide children with unforgettable experiences but also help them develop confidence, leadership abilities, and a deeper appreciation for nature. Through outdoor adventures, children have the chance to overcome obstacles, work together as a team, and discover their strengths in a supportive and empowering environment. At Mulberry Foster Care, we believe in the transformative power of outdoor experiences, and our partnership with Adventure Plus allows us to offer children in our care the opportunity to embark on thrilling adventures and create lasting memories.

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Sensory Room

At Mulberry Foster Care, we recognise the vital role that sensory rooms play in supporting the emotional well-being and regulation of children in foster care. That's why we've invested in a state-of-the-art sensory room right here at our offices. Sensory rooms provide a safe and calming environment where children can explore their senses, regulate their emotions, and find comfort and solace during times of stress or overwhelm. Our sensory room is equipped with a variety of sensory tools and equipment, including soft lighting, tactile surfaces, soothing sounds, and interactive elements, all designed to engage the senses and promote relaxation. Whether a child needs a quiet space to unwind, a place to release pent-up energy, or a sensory-rich environment to stimulate their senses, our sensory room offers a sanctuary where they can find peace and comfort. Our dedicated staff are trained in sensory regulation techniques and are on hand to support children in utilising the sensory room to meet their individual needs. By incorporating sensory experiences into our care approach, we empower children to self-regulate, manage stress, and build resilience, ultimately fostering a sense of security and well-being in their foster care journey.

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