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  1. 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed


    14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently


    7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs


    1 to move it to the Lighting section


    2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section


    7 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs


    5 to flame the spell checkers


    3 to correct spelling/grammar flames


    6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid


    2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"


    15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct


    19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum


    11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum


    36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty


    7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs


    4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's


    3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group


    13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"


    5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy


    4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"


    13 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"


    1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.

  2. That is not what my post or the BAAF says, it says 'feeling'.


    And that is exactly what I am getting from this whole thread.

    I don't think Phatram has implied anywhere that she has ever let her frustrations

    be known to any children she is caring for.


    You have to remember that there is a very high (some would say unrealistic) expectation of what the carer will provide for the children. As has been stated, most of the money a carer gets is for maintenance of the child, and along with that comes a pretty lengthy list of things the child is expected to have.

  3. The BAAF says


    "What do children and young people want?


    Fostering to provide a 'normal' life.


    To belong in the foster family, to be loved listened to and encouraged


    What do children and young people resent


    Resent feeling that carers are only doing it for the money"



    Oh dear!

    I don't understand...:confused:

    Are you suggesting that because Phatram feels undervalued at work it must mean she's only in it for the money? That's ridiculous.

  4. Nobody refers to foster carers as 'foster parents' anymore)



    i just gave you a link that doe`s

    **Yawn** Ok, no-one in the UK who has any knowledge of or is professionally involved with fostering refers to foster carers as 'foster parents' when refering to them in an official capacity. :rolleyes:

  5. You want to check this site out then

    The National Voice of Foster Parents


    nobody calls foster carers ---foster parents



    Hmmm, maybe you should have looked a little closer at this website before posting....


    The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which strives to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong voice on behalf of all children.

    With affiliates in U.S. states and territories, NFPA serves foster families and the children and youth in their care through a network of affiliates.

  6. Nobody refers to foster carers as 'foster parents' anymore. Of course fostering is a profession, many colleges do specialist HNC and HND in fostering related subjects. Would anyone suggest that a nursery teacher is not a professional? Arguably all they do is play with little kids all day. As I think has been made clear in earlier parts of this thread foster caring is not like normal parenting. Aside from the many challenges the kids come with, you also have to deal in a professional way with their families as well, and I can assure you that is often way more challenging and difficult than any situation you're ever likely to encounter in most other professions.


    The posters on this thread who think that fostering is just parenting with a salary have no idea what they're talking about.

  7. cheque received in full for YB today YEEHAH - Tom I am in court today with Cohens - this is the third visit - they issued a court form i sent the relevant paperwork but they only supplied 2 years worth of statements and the judge ordered i pay what was on the statements which amounted to £95 - i paid that in full then received an order for judgement for 450 - i applied to have it set aside and the hearing is today so will let you know on the other thread the outcome


    Thanks guys for all your help - saw a cagger on tv this morning (Robert Cummings) talking about the case today :)

    Thanks very much for the donation Linz - it really is very much appreciated. :)
  8. Jot down some bullet points about your case and take them to the interview. You'll probably be able to have them in front of you. I find it helps as a 'safety blanket', although I've never actually refered to them. Wear something quite bright. Enjoy the experience, not many people get to do it. IMPORTANT: If it's going to be live, ask the interviewer what the questions are likely to b e before you start, that way you can prepare. Remember, the last thing they want to do is trip you up so they'll be very happy to discuss the interview in advance.

    hi, i have been called by sky news & channel 5 news wishing to interview me tomorrow about my claim vs Barclays which is currently on hold. I have said i will be interviewed. Anyone have advise on what to/what not to say so i put my point across well and not look like an idiot???



  9. I think that there's a lot of misunderstanding about what a foster carer actually does. A lot of people think that it is just about caring for children, which on the face of it doesn't seem that difficult. But more and more nowadays foster carers are expected to take on an expanded role. I met a friend for coffee today who is caring for a newborn boy who it is hoped will be rehabilitated back to mum at some point in the future. Because it's so important that the baby bonds with mum my friend is having to supervise contact in her home between mum and the baby for two hours a day seven days a week. Mum has zero parenting skills so my friend has also been asked to work with her to help her develop some. It's this type of work that is covered by the 'fee' element of the payment package, A big bugbear at the moment is that foster carers are being asked to take on more and more responsibilities that used to be taken by social workers.


    The comments about allegations are well made. I read an apparently reliable article which stated that 1 in 6 foster carers can expect to have an allegation made against them at some point. In Scotland (as I pressume it is in England) an allegation automatically means the involvement of the police. The overwhelming majority of allegations of course turn out to be completely baseless, but they are all fully investigated and I'm told it's not a pleasant experience.

  10. The OP doesn't need to specify the type of children they foster. All temporary foster carers are likely to end up with children as described above at some point or other. There are very few children indeed who come into care without some sort of problem. Nobody with any knowledge of the situation disputes that most foster carers are chronically underpaid for what they do.

  11. There is no more difficulty in raising foster children than your own children
    I take it then that you've never tried to look after a heroin addicted baby? How about a child with severe Foetal Alcohol Syndrome? Or what about one who was rented out by his/her parents to pay for drugs?
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