The Mockingbird Family™ Model

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

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.

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Fostering Families

Fostering Families is a therapeutic and innovative not-for-profit social enterprise that serves locally and regionally, to ensure every child has a safe and stable, loving family home in which to live and thrive.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Our response and support for foster carers


We hope you are all well. We are very much thinking of you all at this difficult time. The health issues and concerns relating to Corona virus (Covid-19) are unfortunately continuing on and we very much hope that this impacts you and your family as little as possible; we do appreciate the challenges that are currently taking place.

As a Fostering Agency supporting children, young people and you, we are monitoring official guidance set out by National Government, Public Health England, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, World Health Organisation and are adapting our practices as suitably as possible, in order to reduce and minimise the threat and risks posed by Covid-19.

Please click on the button below to see national guidance and updates about Covid-19.

We are following the Government Guidance, NHS, Children’s Commissioner and other authorities to make sure we are doing everything we can.

If you have any questions, please email or speak to your social worker.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Government Guidance