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5 Reasons Why YOU Should Become a Foster Carer

Becoming a foster carer is probably one of the kindest, unselfish and heartwarming acts that any person will do within their lifetime. We certainly understand what fostering involves and what it takes to become a foster parent, so we’d always encourage any prospective foster carers to discuss their final decision at length with their nearest and dearest beforehand.

Even before you’ve taken the first steps of your fostering journey, our experienced team of social workers are on hand to guide you through the assessment process, as well as provide you with all the tools, help and advice you’ll possibly ever need to become a fantastic foster carer.

In a recent article, we talked about knowing whether you’re ready to foster or not, but we also felt it was important to talk about the many reasons why you should become a foster carer.

You’ll never know how rewarding it is

We’ll be the first to tell you that fostering isn’t for everyone, but, at the same time, everyone has the chance to become a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering. Fostering is one of the biggest, yet most rewarding leaps of faith that any person can make, as well as your chance to make a huge difference to a child’s future.

Nothing will compare to seeing a once vulnerable child or young person develop in confidence and esteem because of your care, support and affection.

You can turn an ‘empty nest’ into the perfect foster home

After you’ve gone through the trials, tribulations and happiness of seeing your own children grow up and fly the nest, attention does turn back to you as the parent. Well, you’re now in a great position to provide a child with a fabulous sense of direction and consistency. Your experience and knowledge as a parent is invaluable, so being a foster carer is the perfect way of helping to beat those ‘empty nest’ blues.

You want to make a real difference to your community

Whilst fostering is your way of helping to improve an individual child’s outlook on life, you may have forgotten the difference that such acts of kindness have on a local community.

After you join us, it is likely that you may be fostering children and young people within your local community; children and young people that live in the same area as you, go to the same school as your children and even share the same group of friends as them.

You know you can help

Maybe you’ve experienced foster care yourself, or perhaps you know someone who has grown up with a foster family. Either way, you’ll be able to understand how effective it can be in terms of providing children with a bright and prosperous future. You certainly have the experience and understanding, so why not give something back and start your fostering journey today?

Helping a child is your main motivation

For any foster carer, your main motivation must be to help make a child’s life just that bit more comfortable and happier. To assist you in your journey, we’re here at every stage of your fostering placement to provide you with all the care, support and training you may require.

From daily telephone calls to weekly meetings, and even the opportunity to further your knowledge as a foster carer by undertaking specific courses and qualifications, we’ll always be here for you!

If you’d like to receive more information about fostering in Manchester or any other part of the North West and West Midlands, then pick up the phone (Tel: 0845 076 0076) to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

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