In the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes.
More than 8,000 new foster families are needed over the next 12-months to support a range of children, with the greatest need being foster carers who can look after teenagers, sibling groups and disabled children.
This diverse need requires a diverse range of foster families. Foster carers come from all walks of life, all that’s required is a spare bedroom and the time to give some care to a child. Here’s a quick ‘Skills Checklist’ provided by the Fostering Network;
o Listening skills
Do you hear and understand what children and adults are saying to you?
Can you advocate positively for the children in your care?
Can you cope when times get tough? Do you have a good support network?
Can you persevere even when you don’t seem to be getting quick results?
Do you have a welcoming home, and can you make children feel safe and secure?
o Team player
Can you share responsibility, work with others, and ask for help and support?
o Observational skills
Can you see what is really going on beneath the surface?
o Communications skills
Do you get on well with children? Can you speak for others?
o Sense of humour
Can you see the bright side of life?
Foster Care fortnight 2019 aims to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering.
The power to #changeafuture.
For existing foster carers, this is obvious. Supporting a child in need and seeing first-hand the positive change in their lives is inspiring and hugely rewarding. For those interested in becoming a foster carer, this is a primary motivation.
If you’d like more information about fostering, there is no better time like the present. Get in touch today and let’s talk about the world of difference you can make.
Family Care is a family-owned, therapeutic fostering provider originally founded in 1988.
That means we are not a private equity firm, we are family-owned and retain that family-feel.
It means no waiting for referrals to therapists; we have our own In-house therapy team providing our Foster Carers with support to deliver therapeutic parenting.
It means we have over 30 years’ experience supporting children to achieve their potential.
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