What is the MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ programme?
The Mockingbird Family™ programme is an innovative method of delivering foster care using an extended family model which 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.
A Short Film
Watch our short film What is Mockingbird? to hear from our hub home carers and satellite families about their experience being part of the Mockingbird Family™ Programme.
MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™: A Comprehensive Approach
From preventative strategies to transitional and permanency solutions, MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ offers a comprehensive support structure for families and children across the continuum of the child welfare experience:
- Children and Youth ages birth to 21 years
- Birth Families
- Formal and Informal Kinship Caregivers
- Foster Families
- Foster-to-Adopt Families
- Adoptive and Chosen Families
- Keeping Families Together
Relationships are central to the programme and the hub home builds strong relationships with all those in the constellation, empowering families to support each other and overcome problems before they escalate or lead to placement breakdown and increasing protective factors around children.
The constellation also builds links with other families important to the children’s care plans and to resources in the wider community which can provide them with enhanced opportunities to learn, develop and succeed.