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The Perpetual Team: Get To Know Us – Part 2

Here we’re picking up where our last post left off: get to know Kelly, Gail and Anne!

Kelly Worthington – Supervising Social Worker

What has changed about fostering during your experience?
In this agency we have become more flexible in our recruitment process – from my initial experiences we were quite fixed in what we were looking for. However, with time I’ve realised people will always come to us with a history, and a past, so there’s no such thing as a “perfect foster carer”.

What do you look for in successful foster carers?
Someone with patience, a welcoming, nonjudgmental attitude, and who demonstrates an understanding of a child’s perspective.

What inspired you to work in fostering?
For me it was the community feel: it appeared that within this agency we would able to have a lot of interaction and direct involvement with the foster carers and young people. It also felt like a place where everyone’s voice and opinions are welcomed and valued.

What is a common misconception about fostering that you have observed?
People always seem to think that young people will be grateful, and openly show their appreciation for what a foster carer does for them. However this isn’t always the case.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would like to have many superpowers! But if I had to choose one, I’d really like the ability to clone myself so I could be in several places all at one time.

Gail Robinson – Supervising Social Worker

What has changed about fostering during your experience?
There appears to be a greater emphasis on the opinion of the foster child being taken into account – and rightly so!

What do you look for in successful foster carers?
I look for robustness, coupled with a very light-hearted and optimistic disposition, which can be quite a difficult combination to find!

What inspired you to work in fostering?
The fact that I didn’t possess the wherewithal to foster myself, so I felt the next best thing would be to support those who do!

What is a common misconception about fostering that you have observed?
That people who have no children of their own cannot foster.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Omnipresence – then I could finally get everything I need to do done before bed!!

Anne Dewhurst – Supervising Social Worker

What has changed about fostering during your experience?
As an agency we now have very clear procedures, an approachable management team, as well as effective procedural and policy guidance. On top of that, we’ve recruited a significant number of foster carers, and built a very supportive team of staff!

What do you look for in successful foster carers?
Patience, commitment, creativity, a sense of humour, a willingness to learn new things, flexibility, the ability to listen and take advice, and the ability to nurture!

What inspired you to work in fostering?
The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children by supporting, supervising and guiding foster carers in their roles.

What is a common misconception about fostering that you have observed?
That fostering is exactly the same thing as parenting your own child.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
The power to add several more hours onto my day – should I so choose!

We hope these have been insightful posts into our fostering agency, and shed a little light into who we are as a team! If you have any questions for us directly, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Posted on 1 February 2015

Posted in Foster Caring / General

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