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How Long Does It Take To Become A foster Carer?

The act of deciding to become a foster carer should never be a split-second decision you’ve made on your way home from a bad day at the office.

Instead, it requires a lot of time and thought. You have to consider the potential impact that becoming a foster carer will have on your life, as well as the life of your family. It’s therefore common for people to spend several weeks or months thinking about their decision to foster.

Although being ready to foster is often a common question asked by many people who enquire with us about the possibility of becoming a foster carer, we also get asked about how long it takes to become a foster carer and what the assessment process usually involves.

As a rule, most applications take between 4-6 months to fully complete, but regardless of the stage your application may be at, you’ll always be supported and guided by our experienced and dedicated team.

The children and young people who we care for will always take precedence, so it’s important we get to know you and family really well over the next few months to ensure that all foster children will be placed with the most suitable foster family, so that their needs and requirements can be met.

We regularly discover that the application process is a great way for prospective foster families to increase their knowledge of fostering and to understand the difference they’ll be making to lives of some of the most at risk children in their local community. As a result, our team of social workers can easily determine which type of foster placement will be most suited to you and your family.

In fact, some of our foster carers who have successfully completed the application have described it as a positive and therapeutic experience.

How your fostering journey will take shape…

Expressing your interest in becoming a foster carer is often the first solid step made on your journey to become a foster carer, although it may have taken you a few weeks or months just to get to this point.

Next, it’s extremely beneficial that we get to know each other so we can tell you more about the fostering process, the benefits and the support you’ll receive as a foster carer, as well as gain a good understanding of the types of foster care that will be available to you. It’ll also be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

You will then be asked to complete a formal registration form that will allow us to perform a couple of professional background checks, it’s really nothing to get worried about.

Once your formal application has been made you’ll be assigned to a professional social worker who’ll guide you through each stage of the process, where we’ll get to know your family a little bit better and provide you with the highest level of training and support required to become a competent and confident foster carer.

After this has been completed, your assessment will go before a fostering panel for them consider your assessment and to a make recommendation to the foster agency about your ability to become a foster carer.

Think you’re ready to foster? Or, do you need to know a little bit more about the application process? Either way, make sure you get in contact with one of our experienced social workers for some more information.

Being able to change and improve the life of a child or young person is something that everybody has the opportunity to do, so why aren’t there more people coming forward to become foster carers?

Sadly, and for whatever reason, not everybody understands what fostering is, why it’s so desperately required, and what skills are needed to become a foster carer.

Ultimately, the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, are on the search for more foster families, as there is currently an ‘urgent need’ to provide homes for the children and young people in foster care at present. This includes fostering teenagers, children with disabilities, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and siblings.

With the numbers of children entering the care system on the rise, 9,000 additional foster families are being sought nationwide to meet this growing demand. We recently spoke about the need to attract 1,300 extra foster families in the North West, but it is estimated that 1,000 new foster carers are also required in the West Midlands.

The Chief Executive of the The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, took time out to comment on the remarkable work being undertaken by the country’s existing foster families, and also spoke about the need of attracting more fresh blood to the industry.

“Foster carers perform an invaluable duty to the state, a duty that serves the rest of the community as a whole.”

“Foster families give children and young people the opportunity of the childhood they truly deserve, a childhood that otherwise they may not have had . . . All prospective foster carers will be provided with the highest level of training and support, however, it’s also important that they possess a range of skills and qualities, as well as a real determination to help make a difference.”

Who can become a foster carer in the West Midlands?

In addition to covering vast parts of the North West, we do provide opportunities for anyone looking to become a foster carer in the West Midlands as well. These areas include Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

The great thing about foster care that it’s extremely diverse in terms of who can become a foster carer and the young people who require looking after. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re married, single, widowed, divorced or in a civil-partnership, as everyone has the same opportunity to join our very welcoming fostering community.

All we ask is that you can offer a child or young person a bedroom of their own, that you’re over the age of 21, are financially stable and have a comprehensive understanding of the english language. It’s really all that’s required to be able to apply!

You don’t even need any previous experience or qualifications in childcare to start your journey as a foster carer. It’s because all the support, training and guidance you’ll need will be provided to you by our team of experienced and passionate social workers.

As a foster carer you’ll also benefit from considerable tax relief, as well as a rather generous foster care allowance based upon your level of experience.

In order to ensure that children and young people are provided with the best level of care and support within placements that are safe, stable and meet their longer-term requirements, we need to make sure that more and more people pluck up the courage to become foster carers in the West Midlands.

For more information about fostering in the West Midlands, or to understand the various benefits of becoming a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering, get in touch with a member of our team today.

If you’re reading this article then there’s a strong chance you have an interest in becoming a foster carer, although there may be something at the back of your mind that makes you believe that fostering isn’t for you, or that you’re not ready to be a foster carer just yet.

For some people, the attraction of caring for a foster child is something that naturally appeals to them and their family. For others, however, fostering may have been a decision that you’ve mulled over for quite a while now.

Fear of the unknown

There’s no doubt that applying to become a foster carer is one of the biggest steps you’ll ever make in your lifetime, but not knowing what to expect when you join our fostering community is a natural feeling felt by many of our new foster carers. Well, there’s really nothing to worry about, as our team of dedicated and experienced social workers will be by your side at every point of your fostering journey.

Whether it’s your initial training, setting up weekly meetings or giving you valuable information about how the application process works, you’ll know you’ll be able to rely on us to give you the best level of support and guidance.

Good listener? Sense of humour? Strong level of resilience? You’ll be glad to know that you’re probably more qualified than you think to become a foster carer. Although you don’t need any previous experience to become a foster carer, it’s important that you’re approachable and have an open-mind, as you’ll be caring for children and young people who have entered the care system for a variety of reasons and from a wide range of backgrounds too.

Do it for the right reasons

If there’s one trait that our fantastic community of foster carers share is that they’re all doing it for the right reasons. It’s essential you understand that fostering is all about supporting and improving the lives of some of the most at risk children and young people in our communities. These children and young people need role models like you and your family that will love, care and encourage them in every aspect of their lives.

You know what foster care involves

It’s not just about knowing whether you have the right personality or willingness to improve a child’s life that makes you ready to become a foster carer, it’s also important that you recognise what the role of a foster carer entails on a daily basis as well.

To put things into perspective, fostering is a job unlike any other. The overwhelming sense of pride and joy it gives you when you see the child you’re caring for has become more confident and self-assured in their life cannot be compared against.

At the same time, all prospective foster carers must understand that fostering is not a form of childcare that is similar to babysitting or childminding, for example, whereby children only stay in your care for a short period of time each day. Instead, foster care involves a child or young person staying with you throughout the duration of the placement.

Stretching from several days, a few weeks or even a couple of years, each foster placement varies in terms of length and specific requirements, so it’s good to know that here at Perpetual Fostering we offer a full range of foster placements to suit the demands of our extraordinary foster carers.

You can meet the practical requirements

Although you may have what it takes to become a good role model to a foster child, and you understand the level of commitment that foster care requires, you may feel that you’re not ready to become a foster carer because you don’t meet the practical requirements.

Believe it or not, there are actually very few practical considerations that would stand in the way of you applying to become a foster carer. Essentially, you need to be over the age of 21, have a spare bedroom, be financially stable and a strong grasp of the english language.

Yes, that’s really it! So, even if you don’t feel that you’re ready to become a foster carer because you currently work full time, have pets, are single, married, divorced or widowed, you can still apply. Make sure you take a look at our recent post on the common misconceptions about who can foster for further information.

The great thing about foster care is that regardless of your background or personal circumstances you still have the same opportunity to be a foster carer. Plus it’s also extremely flexible, so there’s always something to suit everyone.

Now that we’ve put your mind at ease, isn’t it time you made the first steps on your journey as a foster carer with us? To apply, or to receive more information, make sure you contact our head office today. It could be greatest thing you ever decide to do!

In order to become a foster carer, it’s imperative that you have a spare bedroom which a foster child can call their own from the moment they arrive in your home for the first time.

It’s not just having a spare bedroom that will make a child feel safe and protected, it’s about how you prepare it too. Yes, we understand that you may not know the child’s exact tastes before the placement begins, but throughout the application process you will inform one of our experienced social workers on what age and gender you’d like to foster. Hopefully this can help you prepare the bedroom, as well as the rest of your home for the arrival of a foster child.

Don’t worry, even the most experienced foster carers still get nervous and a bit apprehensive whenever a foster child arrives in their home, but preparing your home in a way that makes a great first impression can make all difference to a foster child’s sense of safety and wellbeing. Here are a few tips that will help you to prepare your foster child’s bedroom for when they arrive.

Try not to overwhelm

It can be extremely easy for any foster parent to go out of their way and fill the bedroom with a range of toys, games and electronic devices that aim to make a foster child feel welcome and comfortable.

Unfortunately, some foster children may not be aware of how to play certain games or electronic devices, so it’ll be very easy for them to become daunted when they arrive in their bedroom. Instead, having a bedroom that is clean, tidy and containing fewer material goods is likely to be less overwhelming.

It’s also a great idea to give a child a tour of their bedroom when they first arrive, as showing them inside wardrobes and underneath beds can certainly help to settle nerves, especially if they’re young.

Tips for decorating

If you’ve decided to paint their bedroom, make sure you stick to a neutral colour scheme because pinning your hopes on one particular colour may make the room feel stereotyped. For example, you may be preparing to foster a girl and you decide to paint her room pink, but her favourite colour is actually blue.

The same should also be said for other items like curtains, bedding and cushions which can obviously be changed once the foster child arrives and you can find out what they like or don’t like.

To inject a splash of colour and personality into the room that’s more suited to a child’s taste, why not add a few boards to the walls that can be easily painted in their favourite colours.

Create a space for them

In addition to providing a clean, tidy and safe space, it’s also necessary to offer a place in the bedroom that promotes a foster child’s development, independence and creativity. For example, why not provide a desk, suitable books and even a chalkboard that allows foster children to be creative, have the the opportunity to write down their thoughts and be comfortable within the family home.

As well as a place to stay, a foster child’s bedroom should also act as a physical boundary that allows them to feel safe, secure and relaxed from the moment they arrive inside.

Rather than striving to create the perfect bedroom, you should aim to have a space that makes a foster child feel happy. Adapting a flexible approach during the preparation stages and throughout the first few weeks of the fostering relationship will ensure you and your foster child get off to the best possible start together.

To receive further information on foster care and how you can become a foster carer, why not speak to one of our specialist social workers on 0845 074 0076.

Over the last couple of months we’ve taken a closer look at some of the most important issues that impact the everyday life of a foster carer.

From finding ways to build up trust once a foster child has arrived in your home, educating them on benefits of healthy eating to knowing how to deal with difficult situations, we have visited a broad range of topics and provided you with some wonderful pieces of advice from our fostering community and fostering services manager, Joanne. In the final installment of our 101 foster care tips series, we’ve decided to investigate the importance of not forgetting to look after your own needs as a foster parent.

We’ll be the first to tell you that joining a leading foster agency and starting your journey as a foster carer is probably one of the most courageous and selfless acts that anyone could ever make. You’ll now have the privilege of providing care and support to some of the most threatened and exposed children and young people in your local community.

Although the overall experience of being a foster carer is very rewarding and enriching, it’s also a humbling one as well. Ultimately, we understand that while there a very few barriers to becoming a foster parent, fostering may not be something that’s for everyone. It’s therefore important that you’re able to recognise the impact that fostering will have on the life of you and your family, because hopefully it will change things for the better.

The overriding feeling we get from our fostering community is that it’s a hugely positive experience for the whole family. As part of the training, support and advice we provide our foster carers with, we not only think deeply about the needs of the foster child, but we also recognise fostering can test you as a person, so that’s why we’ll never forget about your needs either.

Fostering is an enjoyable and remarkable experience, however, it’s very easy to get engrossed and overwhelmed by the whole occasion. The levels of support we offer our carers are specifically designed to meet their needs, as Joanne explains. “Asking for our support while you have time to yourself is never a weakness in our eyes. In fact, it’s a strength. Taking time out helps you to come back stronger, having a coffee and a giggle with friends can be so refreshing!”

Here’s what tips and advice our fostering community have on the subject of not forgetting about your own needs

“Fostering is a joy but it will only remain enjoyable if you are not overwhelmed. You have to take time out for yourself every so often.” – Cathie

“If you are happy it benefits the children. If you are not under strain then you will deal with situations in a calmer way which is better for everyone.” – Elaine G

“You have to think about yourself and try and have a bit of ‘me time’. That might just be going for a walk, taking a bubble bath or meeting friends for a coffee but it is all important. You need to let off steam from time to time.” – Elaine G

“You need to recognise when you need help and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Take advantage of the support available – from your family, your husband, children and your agency. Thankfully, I’ve not had to ask for it too often but it’s good to know it’s there when I do need it.” – Cathryn

For more help and advice on any of the topics we’ve covered in our 101 foster care tips series, or if you’d simply like to get in contact with a member of our team about becoming a foster carer, then we’d love to hear from you.

For a child or young person in foster care, pets can become a valuable asset to their emotional wellbeing, trust and confidence.

The constant presence of a family pet can have an extremely calming influence on their behaviour and attitude, both around the home and within the wider local community. So, can you still foster if you have pets?

Yes, similar to the assessment process for yourself and the rest of your family, all family pets must also be assessed as part of your fostering application. As each animal is different in terms of their behaviour and temperament, here at Perpetual Fostering we’ll always make sure our decisions are done on a case-by-case basis.

Furthermore, we’ll also be on hand to ensure having a pet doesn’t impact your ability to have a fantastic career as a foster carer with us. However, it’s vitally important that in all cases we consider the needs of the child as to whether it would be suitable to place them with a foster family who have pets, or a particular breed of dog, for example.

Children who are allergic to pets, scared of them or even have a history being aggressive towards them, are just some of the scenarios where it may not be possible to place foster children, as it’s all about finding the perfect fit.

Nevertheless, you can still apply to become a foster carer even if you have pets, but they will need to undergo an assessment to ensure they do not pose a threat to the children and young people in your care.

Pets and fostering: What are the benefits?

As stated above, dogs, cats and other domestic animals can become a valuable asset to the life of a foster child in many different ways. It’s probably because pets don’t have any sort of prejudice against a child or young person in foster care, nor do they have any knowledge into their history or reasons for entering the care system.

The unconditional love and friendship that a family pet can offer a foster child often acts as a permanent comfort blanket that helps to build up character and confidence with other family members and the rest of the outside world.

As an independent fostering agency, we understand there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding who can and can’t become a foster carer. Well, it’s therefore critical to remember that there are actually very few limitations that would stand in the way of a person joining our fostering family, even if they have pets or not.

If you would love to discover more about foster care requirements, the benefits of being a foster carer, or if you would like to know how you can start your rewarding journey, make sure you call us now on: 0845 074 0076

Welcome to the penultimate instalment of our 101 foster care tips series where we have explored and investigated many different aspects of the fostering journey over the past few weeks.

In this week’s instalment we’ll be taking a closer look at the importance of paperwork in foster care. While we understand that many foster carers may not realise the significance of daily record keeping during a fostering placement, especially when you’re extremely busy looking after a child or young person, it’s actually an essential part of being a foster carer, to which it also plays a supportive role in the development of every foster child.

More specifically, detailed and regularly updated documents help to maintain a constant picture of a child’s history by providing a level of continuity if a social worker changes or ever becomes unavailable. In addition to this, record keeping also helps to protect you as a foster carer from any potential allegations, as well as acting as a fantastic training resource where you’ll be able to reflect upon your experiences as a foster carer.

Not only should you aim to keep track of their progress in a daily record, you should ensure any specific incidents, events or behavioural changes are also documented. According to The Fostering Network, every foster carer should spend at least 5 – 10 minutes (per child) each day recording details of their day-to-day activity and progress. This is certainly a point that is reiterated by Joanne, our fostering services manager, to which ‘completing daily paperwork duties will help you reflect upon each day as a foster carer’.

Furthermore, Joanne also stresses the importance of daily record keeping as ‘it can be used for many things, from planning for the child and helping to contribute to our development as a foster agency’.

What do the members of our fostering community have to say about the role of paperwork in foster care?

“It’s really helpful if you stay on top of your reports, as it is much easier to do when things are fresh in your mind.” – Elaine G

“It can be really helpful as you can spot patterns of behaviour, and if something significant happens more than once you can look back and see what could have triggered that behaviour.” – Cathryn

“Make sure you put things down, even if they don’t seem that significant. If they complain about being ill, you can look back and tell the doctor when they first started those symptoms. It also covers yourself. If anything happens, or an accusation is made, you then have a record of exactly what happened to build up to that.” – Elaine G

“Time can be limited but you want to set aside time once a week otherwise you will be left wracking your brain about what happened weeks before – and that can be hard to do.” – Alison

“With the young children it can feel like a bit of a chore to fill in the weekly report as not that much changes and you do feel like you are repeating yourself. But I do love looking back at them and seeing their achievements – when they got a certificate for this or that.” – Cathie

“I don’t see it as a chore as it’s really great to look back on. It helps you remember what has gone before and see how things have changed. I tell my own kids that I wished I had done the same for them.” – Cathryn

Regardless of your experience as a foster carer, we always recommend that you use plain and simple language whenever you’re completing paperwork. Once the foster placement finishes, or if the child moves on, all documents will need to be passed back to your supervising social worker.

For more information about when you to complete your paperwork and what details you need to include, get in touch with a member of our dedicated and experienced support team today.

Make sure you join us next week for our final instalment of the 101 foster care tips series. We’ll be taking a closer look at how you still need to consider your needs whenever you’re fostering.

In an ideal world, all children and young people would be loved, nurtured and brought up in safe, secure and stable environments.

However, as we know all too well, this is not always the case, especially when the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, recently commented on the ‘rising number of children coming into care’, to which a record number of courageous foster families are needed to meet this growing demand.

For any family, welcoming a foster child into your home is a massive step, so it’s important that you take the time to decide whether fostering is right for you and the rest of your family. It takes great courage to even start the fostering journey, and that’s why we applaud and support each person who wants to change a child’s life for the better.

It’s also part of the reason why we’ve taken a closer look at the various benefits of becoming a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering.

1. Make a huge difference…

For most people, being able to make a positive difference to a vulnerable child or young person is the main reason behind them becoming a foster carer. There’s usually several, often complex reasons why children end up with safe and secure foster families, but with your support, encouragement and reassurance you can give them what they desperately need – love, care and attention. These differences don’t just last a few days or weeks, they often last a lifetime.

2. ‘A feeling like no other’

While fostering may initially be one of the biggest leaps of faith you could ever possibly make in your life, you’ll soon realise how privileged you are to be in a position where you can make lasting bonds with foster children that not only improve their life, but better your life as well.

Seeing a once timid, shy and unconfident foster child begin to blossom into a positive, hopeful and self-assured young person gives you a feeling that cannot be compared to.

3. Fostering is financially rewarding

Although financial incentives should never be the ultimate reason why a person applies to become a foster carer, we’ll be the first to tell that fostering with an independent agency like us is a financially rewarding prospect.

The competitive foster care allowance and various reward payments that we offer our carers based on their experience, will enable you to fully concentrate on being the best foster carer you could ever possibly be.

4. Receive generous tax relief

In addition to the various fostering reward payments and carers allowance, as a foster carer you’ll also be eligible to apply for favourable tax relief opportunities. To gather more information on how much tax relief you’re likely to receive, visit the HMRC website.

5. You can still work and foster

The great thing about becoming a foster carer with us is that we provide a great deal of flexibility, so if you’re looking to work and foster we can provide you with a number of foster placement types to suit your individual circumstances.

6. A chance to learn new skills

At Perpetual Fostering we’re dedicated to improving the skills, abilities and expertise of our fostering community with professional in-house training programs. Moreover, we also provide each of our foster carers with 24/7 support from our experienced team of social workers, right from the very start of the fostering journey.

You’ll have opportunities to communicate and converse with many of the other fantastic foster carers throughout our fostering community. We guarantee that they’ll never be a moment where you’ll be without the required advice and support.

7. Become an asset to your community

It’s certainly important to remember that when you foster with us you also foster from your local community too, so not only does the positive contribution you make as a foster parent impact the child or young person you’re caring for, it also impacts the local community around them as well.

You could be fostering children who go to the same school as your children or play in the same sports team as them. Ultimately, as a foster carer you become a tremendous and well respected asset to your community.

Regardless of whether you’re gay, straight, single, married, divorced or widowed, everybody has the same opportunity to benefit from being a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering. If you think you can meet our foster care requirements and would like to speak to one of our advisors, get in touch today.

Although there are actually very few boundaries that exist in foster care recruitment, one of the most common questions our team get asked is whether or not you need a spare bedroom to foster a child.

The simple answer is, yes! In order to become a foster parent you’ll need to be able to offer a child or young person a spare bedroom, in addition to your love, warmth and willingness to improve their current situation.

At Perpetual Fostering, having your own children share a bedroom with a foster child is not permitted, even if they’re of the same age and gender. Furthermore, we don’t allow you to move your children into your bedroom, or have someone sleep in the living room, for example, just so that you can ‘free up’ a bedroom for a foster child to stay in.

Well, in order to apply to become a foster carer you only need a couple of things. These include having a spare bedroom, being over 21 years old, having a solid understanding of the English language and being financially stable.

If you think you can tick off all of these then your circumstances may indicate that you’re eligible for a hugely rewarding and worthwhile opportunity as a foster parent, so why hesitate in picking up the phone and speaking to one of our experienced social workers.

Even if you feel that your circumstances don’t quite fit our foster care requirements, but you still feel that you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you. Our team are only too happy to provide you with all the latest information on becoming a foster carer and the types of foster placement that may be available to you.

The reasons why you need a spare room to foster a child

The requirement of a spare bedroom for every child in foster care is an issue that has been examined in the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards document, but why is it such an important to factor to the eligibility of each foster care application?

First and foremost, every child and young person requires their own space, regardless of whether they’ve been brought up in foster care or not, to which a bedroom is a valuable tool in helping to keep foster children feel calm and relaxed. A bedroom is a space which foster children can call their own, so they have the opportunity to explore, play and be creative, without any unnecessary distractions.

More importantly, a bedroom provides foster children with a level of security, privacy and safety that cannot be found in any other area of the home. During the early stages of a foster placement, the child or young person may need some time to adjust and adapt to their new surroundings.

A bedroom will also allow foster children to become accustomed to their new routines. With some children being brought up in rather ‘chaotic’ households, this may have impacted on their perception of boundaries or ‘house rules’. Therefore, providing a bedroom to a foster child acts as this physical boundary, but also ensures the rest of the family are able to adapt to the fostering relationship, ultimately providing little disruption to everyday lives.

With all this in mind, we’re only too happy to offer details on how to prepare your home and spare bedroom for the arrival of a foster child. So, if you think you have what is takes to become a foster carer, why not go ahead and begin your fostering journey with us today.

Regardless of the type of foster placement you may be involved in, or how long it is expected to last, being able to promote stable and healthy behaviours within foster children will be a crucial factor to the success of the placement, as well as the long-term development of each child or young person.

There are often a variety of reasons why children and young people get taken into foster care, but it is regularly suggested that those children in care do require much more emotional and behavioural support, when compared to children of the same age who don’t enter the care system.

As a leading foster agency, providing each foster child with a loving, caring and secure home where they are made to feel safe and protected is certainly one of our main priorities. In fact, the advice and support we supply on how to prepare to foster helps to ensure that all children and young people are made to feel part of the family, right from the very start of the placement.

Additionally, the development of foster children through the build up of trust, a stable school life and the acquisition of suitable boundaries is also one of the most important elements within every foster placement.

Ultimately, the training, support and advice you’ll be given by our team of experienced social workers is designed not only to make foster children feel safe and secure, but also allows them to become more confident, positive and settled within their lives.

Joanne, our Fostering Services Manager, suggests that all foster carers, whether young or old, should always ‘attend the foster carer training arranged by the agency. Not only will you enhance your skill set, but you will learn from the experiences of other foster carers.’

In our most recent Ofsted report we were commended for the ways in which our foster carers have achieved the required development, support and training standards in just one year of approval.

Take a look at what our foster carers have to say about personal development in foster care

“I look to be as positive as possible at all times because they have already had a lot of negativity in their lives. They pick up on the way you behave and it really helps them to be more positive themselves.” – Cathryn

“You’ve got to have a bit of patience and be creative to find the route that works. You can push certain buttons which will work with some young people but with others they won’t.” – Alison

“Sometimes being persistent works. We had a young lad who wanted to go to sleep every night with the television on. We tried to substitute this with a night-light instead. It took time to change but we stuck with it and it eventually worked.” – Cathie

“Be flexible. Your goal may be to get a child from A to B and you’ll have a plan to get them there but for whatever reason you can hit a brick wall. You may not know why, you may never find out why, but in order to progress you might just need to find a different route.” – Alison

“If they do tell you something significant, you have to take a decision on what you do with that. If it is something you are concerned about and you sit on it when they could benefit from the help of a professional, you will not be helping. You need to write it down and let the agency team know as they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that could help.” – Cathryn

Interested in receiving more advice and information about the personal development of foster children? Perhaps you’ve recently become intrigued about foster care and would like to enquire about starting your fostering journey? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with our team today on 0845 074 0076.

Make sure you join us next week where we’ll be exploring how our fostering community deal with their paperwork.