Many people consider fostering in response to what they’ve read or heard in the media about children being treated badly in their own families. Many people believe that they can rescue these children and make life happy for them. Whilst these sentiments in themselves are understandable, the picture is a great deal more complex.
Children who are unable to live with their own family and need to be “looked after” by the local authority will exhibit a range of emotions and behaviours that may be difficult to understand or deal with. The job of a foster carer is however to learn to understand and to work with the damage and hurt of children and help make repairs where possible.
Children and young people of all ages and stages need families who will help them feel safe, wanted and valued. This is what they deserve. You can provide this if you have the necessary qualities.
- You need to be confident, resilient and flexible with have a sense of humour!
- You need to be able to work with others that include professionals and the children’s own families.
- You need to want to do your utmost to ensure the child in your care is encouraged to reach their potential in every way.
- You need to have a spare room and a warm, comfortable and welcoming home.
- You will have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person.
The job is unique and challenging – the rewards are immense!! Get in touch today to find out more about fostering with Fostering Relations.
Last updated 17/09/2018
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