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Why foster?

Fostering is creating a caring home for children and young people

There are many reasons why people foster a child, but the main motivation has to be the chance to make a positive contribution to the life of a child or young person in foster care.

Day to day contributions can be as simple as ensuring they have breakfast in the morning and a hot meal in the evening, but the difference this makes can be enormous. Making sure they get to the doctors on time for their appointment or that they take a pen to school can significantly improve life chances and outcomes for children in foster care and young people in regards to health and education.

By being the person who is there at key moments during their lives, to recognise and celebrate their achievement or commiserate in their failure, you are playing a vital role. The journey from childhood to adulthood can be difficult and having a person to rely on to offer appropriate guidance makes all the difference – as a foster parent, this person could be you.

Providing a sense of belonging is one of the most important gifts you can give. Creating opportunities for them to form close relationships and to feel valued by others in society is offering a fundamental essential to any child or young person’s sense of well being.

If you feel you can offer this to a child or young person who desperately needs it, then start a conversation with us today and find out how how to become a foster carer and make a difference.

“We’ve been extremely lucky to have a close-knit family and to have brought up our own beautiful and talented children. We just wanted to give something back.” Elaine and Naresh, foster carers

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