Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network. This year, their campaign focuses on the transformational power of fostering. The power to #changeafuture.
If you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we are calling on you to consider becoming a foster carer so that you can also #changeafuture. Here we give you 5 reasons to get started in 2019;
1. YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
By becoming a foster carer you really can make a difference to children's lives.
When you make the decision to become a foster carer, you do so because you want to make a positive impact in a child's life. We don’t have much time in this world when you think about it, so let’s make a difference while we can. What better way to make a difference than by opening your safe home to a child who needs that safety and security. Fostering literally changes lives. Let it change yours.
2. SOLVE 'EMPTY NEST' SYNDROME
It's not uncommon for parents to feel a sense of emptiness after their own not-so-little-one's have 'flown the nest' - either leaving for university or a place of their own. You've gone through the trials, tribulations and joy of supporting your own children unto adulthood, what do you do now as a parent?
Well, you're now in a fantastic position to provide a vulnerable child with a sense of direction and consistency. You already have the invaluable experience and knowledge parenting brings, becoming a foster carer is a natural way to continue putting those hard-earned skills to good use and help beat those 'empty nest' blues in the process. You may also want to make use of that extra bedroom!
3. THERE'S NO GREATER FEELING
One of the best feelings going is giving something back. We admit, fostering is a big decision and one that requires thought. But should it be for you, it can make a massive difference to a child's future and to your own sense of wellbeing.
The feeling of seeing a once vulnerable child or young person develop in confidence and self-esteem because of your care, support and affection is truly amazing. Of course your primary motivation is making a difference to a child's life, but one thing many carers also enjoy is the positive effect fostering can have on their own lives.
4. HELP SOLVE A NATIONAL PROBLEM
In the UK, a child comes into foster care every 20 minutes and currently there is a shortage of over 8,000 foster carers nationally. There is a particular focus on recruiting foster carers to support sibling groups, teenagers and children with disabilities.
By opening your home to a child (or children) in need, you are helping to solve a national problem and doing your bit within your own community.
5. YOU HAVE IT IN YOU!
You might be new to parenting or you may have never been a parent, but you just have it in you!
Some have a natural way with others, a natural empathy and understanding with a willingness to help whenever they can. Well, if you have a spare bedroom and time to give care to a child, you can help children by becoming a foster carer. Family Care support foster carers in the North West and the West Midlands, with offices in Preston and Wolverhampton. We support you every step of the way so that you can focus on what matters most; helping the children in your care.
To find out more about fostering get in touch today. It could be the best decision you ever make.
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