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Mockingbird Family Model: How it works


  1. Overview
  2. How it works
  3. How families are supported
  4. How to join
  5. Where to find more information

How it works

One foster home acts as a 'hub home'. 

Carers in the hub home will get training from Mockingbird trainers from The Fostering Network.

The hub home offers support to 6 to 10 foster homes, known as 'satellite homes'.

The families are all supported by a liaison worker from the Fostering Service at South Tyneside Council.

This network of support is known as a 'constellation'.

It can include:

  • children and young people living with foster parents (foster homes)
  • children living with other family members or friends (kinship homes)
  • homes with adopted children (adoptive homes)
  • links to young adults living independently after leaving care (independent living)
  • links to birth families and other people that are important to children's wellbeing

Families will usually live near to the hub home.

Each group will have a variety of families and children's age ranges, just like a typical extended family.

Diagram showing the Mockingbird Family Model

Diagram showing the Mockingbird Family Model

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