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#ThisIsFostering: care leavers share how they #definecare virtually during lockdown

Backed by the Children’s Commissioner for England, IMO (“in my opinion”) is a peer-led digital platform where children in care and care leavers share first-hand stories, experiences and advice with others in a similar situation. The project exists to challenge perceptions of looked-after children and shine a light on their experiences of the care system.

Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place from 11-22 May, is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise awareness of fostering and highlight the great work foster carers are doing. To ensure the voices and experiences of children in care and care leavers are represented throughout the fortnight, IMO invited care leavers from across the country to come together virtually during the lockdown to create a collaborative poem about how they define care. Here is the result.

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