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How School Life Can Benefit Foster Children

Taking a foster child into your home is one of the most rewarding things you can do for a child who is unable to live with their birth parents. As an independent fostering agency that is here to help, support and train our foster carers from day one, we know that the secret to a successful fostering placement is not confined to the home.

We are extremely passionate about providing all foster children with a sense of normality and continuity, as this helps to make a child become a lot more comfortable and confident within their surroundings. We often see school life as being one of the most effective ways of achieving this level of stability.

Foster Children in School

For all children and young people, school can offer the comfort of a familiar place amongst a sea of scary changes. Here at Perpetual Fostering we share this view, and it’s the sole reason why we’ll always ensure that every foster child has the chance to retain their place at school.

Given we look after children from right across the North West and Midlands area, it is important that we have a range of carers from across the areas to enable us to cover all school provisions.

We strongly believe that routine and consistency can be promoted within the school environment by having a healthy school attendance. As a result of the encouragement and support that we constantly provide to all our foster families, it has been recognised that our foster children now benefit from having improved school attendance levels.

In addition to the reassurance and guidance offered by our experienced social workers and wider fostering community, we also feel that success within the school environment is dependent on all foster children having a safe, secure and stable placement.

As a result, our unique matching process is designed to ensure that we find the perfect fit to help benefit the long term relationship of all our foster families and children.

Supporting involvement within the school environment

For life at school to be successful for foster children, it is not only important that willingness is shown to help retain each child’s place at a particular school, unless it’s within their best interest not to, but there should also be continuous support and interest from all individuals involved to ensure that it is effective in the long run. Our virtual head provides advice and support to foster carers to ensure this is maintained.

More specifically, we work closely with local schools and colleges to make sure that all education professionals are fully equipped with the advice and information they require to help all foster children succeed. By doing so, we can help to limit potential behavioural problems, improve attendance levels and allow each child to achieve their academic potential.

Naturally, all foster parents will have a considerable interest in their child’s performance at school or college, and as leading independent fostering agency, this is something that we actively support and recommend.

Enthusiastic parents that aim to stay in regular contact with teachers and school support workers with regards to academic achievements and any behavioural issues, are likely to benefit from a happy and thriving relationship with their foster children, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Other ways in which we see that a healthy school life can be developed by our foster carers is by being on hand to help out with homework and to encourage children to partake in extra-curricular clubs and activities.

At Perpetual Fostering we take the role of education very seriously. With the help, support and training that we constantly provide to local schools, as well as our foster families and children, we often find that a stable and successful school life can easily be achieved.

If you would like to receive more information about joining a fostering agency that truly cares about their foster carers, then don’t hesitate to speak to an experienced member of our team today.

Having a giant heart, a broad-minded attitude and the desire to make even the tiniest of improvements to a child’s life is really all you need to begin your financially rewarding and hugely uplifting fostering journey.

Well, what if you just don’t feel ‘ready’ to become a foster carer yet, or you don’t have enough knowledge of how fostering works?

It’s perfectly natural for you to think along these lines, and we regularly meet a lot of fantastic people that are willing to open up their home to share a life with a foster child, but still have a niggle of doubt and uncertainty about the whole thing.

Under the correct supervision and guidance from our dedicated team of social workers, we can quickly turn a willing, yet apprehensive individual into a self-assured foster carer, regardless of their previous experience.

In addition to right the training and support, clear and obvious changes that can be seen within the demeanour of a foster child can be a great confidence booster for any foster parent.

Those families that favour fostering older children tend to see these noticeable changes much sooner than they would within foster younger children.

Although older children are seen to be less dependent on physical adult parenting, they do require a lot more encouragement and stimulation to keep them on the right tracks throughout their teenage years.

So, improvements in school reports and exam results, as well as their general interaction around the home and local community are just few of those unmistakable signs to become aware of.

Older foster children are in need of the right support & understanding

Whether you’ve been brought up in the foster care system or not, teenagers are often busy being teenagers, and we’ve all been in that position in life where the raging hormones are slowly taking over with nobody being able to understand just how we feel.

Therefore, it’s critical that older foster children are not only provided with a loving and caring foster family, but also clear direction, consistency and reliability to encourage their transition from unsure teenagers to active and healthy young adults.

As a fostering community, we’re well aware of the need to attract more compassionate and warm-hearted individuals to become foster parents, and this especially true when it comes to fostering older children.

Maybe it’s the whole teenager thing that puts people off, or the thought that older foster children have much more emotional ‘history’ attached to them.

Either way, children of this age do require the right understanding, support and direction to overcome these natural age related issues, as well as the opportunity to learn important practical and emotional skills needed for later life.

How about helping them to make their first cooked breakfast for the rest of the family, or allowing them to manage their own pocket money for the first time? These are just two examples of promoting independence amongst older foster children and to provide them with a suitable taste of adult life.

In fact, we often find that fostering older children can actually be a lot more straightforward than fostering children of a younger age, as the difference that you can make to their life is certainly more obvious and clear to see, due to that extra bit of independence they already have.

At Perpetual Fostering, we know that all foster children require foster families that can listen, understand and provide them with care and security that acts as the perfect stepping stone for success in later life.

Regardless of your fostering experience, we’re here to provide our foster carers with the right advice, information and encouragement, wherever and whenever it is needed. Can you make the difference to a child’s life and become a foster carer? Get in touch with our head office today…You’ll be glad that did.

Now and again, different situations can cause us to become angry. There’s nothing wrong with feeling angry as it’s a natural response when something upsets or frustrates us, but what you need to be careful about is how you deal with these feelings and what actions you take.

If someone gets angry a lot and their actions become out of control as a result, some people may say that they ‘have a temper’. When someone says they ‘lose their temper’ easily, it usually means that they react differently when they’re frustrated or angry. Usually a person becomes angry when they don’t know how to express their feelings or diffuse a situation, so a way that you can control your anger is to work out how you can calm yourself down and de-stress a situation.

Take control of the situation
Only you can decide whether you’re in control of your emotions and actions. By saying to yourself, “I’m in control” you can decide what you do with your feelings and your actions when you get angry.

Talk about your feelings
You may not be very confident with talking about your feelings to others, but even just a chat with your parent, carer or a friend can make you feel so much better. This will make it easier for them to help you and to know when you might have a moment of anger.

Just breathe
Even just completing simple breathing exercises can make you feel a lot calmer and give you a better perspective of a situation so that you don’t end up ‘losing your temper.’

Take yourself away from the situation
If you know that being in a certain situation or environment will only increase your feelings of anger and frustration, try to remove yourself from that situation simply by going into another room or going outside into your garden for a moment.

We all understand that exam time can be a difficult period of the year – so well done to all school students. However, waiting for your results can feel worse than the exams themselves! So keep the following tips in mind. They’re all reasons why you shouldn’t waste time thinking about exams and tests that are already done and dusted!

Get Active In The Sunshine!
Working hard at revision and homework is always important. However, by the time exams are over, you’ve probably spent a lot of time indoors, sitting at your desk. But now, that’s over – you’re free to do whatever you want for the next couple of months!

Spend Time With Friends And Family
A big part of unwinding is spending time with those nearest and dearest to you. So when you’re off to try out new activities and so on, you should ask people to join you! Especially if you’re new to your community, school, or the area you live in, this is a great way to get to know new people.

Make Time For Your Favourite Hobbies And Past-times
What hobbies do you have? If you’re still learning what you love to do, then you should try lots of different activities. There are all sorts of things you can try in your local area, without too much cost or planning – the following are just a few:

  • rock climbing
  • pottery and ceramics
  • painting and drawing
  • football, or similar sports
  • swimming

Just ask your foster carers if you need help getting involved in these kinds of activities.

Enjoy Your Holiday
If you’re very lucky, your foster parents will take you away on a trip somewhere! And if they do, be sure to thank them for the lovely thought.

If you’re a foster parent reading this, be sure to share it with your foster children, to give them some ideas. Also, please let us know if we’ve missed anything out?

We care so that you can.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st! And on that note, we’ve got a post with a few reminders for all those foster kids out there. So if you’re a carer reading this, make sure you share it with your foster kids ahead of time. Let’s make it a day to remember!

Let Him Have A Lie-In!
As a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering, he’s obviously a caring and hardworking person. Aside from his job during weekdays, remember that each and every day of the week, he also helps to take care of you. So he deserves a rest! He works hard during the week, so why not let him have a few extra hours off at the weekend to relax?

…Followed by Breakfast in Bed
If you have someone to help you, why not make him breakfast in bed, like scrambled eggs and the works? Or if not, some toast and a cup of tea is always enough – it’s the thought that really counts.

…Then Present Your Gift
Hopefully you’ve already got a present for him sorted out, but if not, don’t worry – there’s still time! Get him something he’ll enjoy – it doesn’t have to be big or expensive. Even a handmade card would be special! Just be sure to wrap it up just like you would for a birthday, or at Christmas time.

Let Him Watch the Football
Whatever time of day it’s on – morning, afternoon or evening – let him watch something that he really enjoys. And while you leave him to it, make sure you do something worthwhile with your time. Go outside and get some exercise, or read a book – at least for the full length of the game!

Say Thank You
Above all, remember to thank your superhero foster Dad for everything he does for you! You only get one day every year to do so, so make it count!

With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s the best time to go outside and have some summer fun! But it’s important that you know how to stay safe when you’re out in the sun on long, hot summer days.

The sun sends UV rays down to earth which we can’t see because they’re invisible, but they are definitely there. If you spend too much time outside without the right protection, you could be affected by harmful UV rays which can cause severe sunburn, premature aging and in some extreme cases, it can even lead to cataracts or skin cancer. So it’s vital that you know how to protect yourself when you’re enjoying the summer sun.

Wear Sun Cream

You should put on sun cream at least 15 minutes before you go outside and make sure you cover everywhere that is exposed to the sun. Try to use a sun cream with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned.

When You Go Outside And How Long You Stay Outside

The sun’s rays are strongest between 11.00am-3.00pm so during this time period try to take frequent breaks from the sun by going inside and grabbing a drink or moving into the shade.

Stay Hydrated

It’s not just the sun’s rays you need to be careful of, you also need to watch out for the sun’s heat. If you stay outside for a long period of time you might become dehydrated so make sure you take a bottle of water out with you or try to move into the shade as it will be slightly cooler in temperature.

What a couple of weeks! In case you missed it, we’ve had a great #FosteringFortnight, celebrating all of our superhero carers, and everything they do! Here’s a recap on what we’ve been up to at this busy time.

Our Meme!

We’ve always known our foster carers are very special people – this just lets us show off what they do in a visual way! This image is important – it’s been a way for us celebrate the hard work of all our carers, and spread awareness about what they do.  Take a look here.

Meet Sammy And Her Foster Care Superhero!

We unveiled something brand new: our wonderful new animation! As you’ll see, it’s important to remember that being a superhero doesn’t just mean being able to fly or juggle cars. It also means making a meaningful difference to a child’s life. So check out Sammy, our very own foster child hero, and the brighter future that her fostering placement brings to her.

How To Write A Great CV

Our amazing Youth Ambassador, Emily Raby, wrote a very helpful post with the best tips and tricks for writing that all-important first CV. We’ve always believed foster kids deserve the very brightest future they can have, so expect more of this!

Good News

We also achieved the ISO9001, from the British Assessment Bureau! This means our provision of care maintains the sky-high standards that we’ve been building from the very beginning. Seeing official recognition from professional bodies makes it all worthwhile: this will only help us continue providing incredible fostering services!

We also had a great Coffee Morning on 6th June, and really enjoyed meeting more of our community, as well as a few interested newcomers to fostering. So you can expect more events like this to come! Just make sure you join us for more of the same next year.

We care so that you can.

From animated children’s movies such as The Incredibles to Big Hero 6, the life of a hero seems like the one to have.

But there’s more to superheroes than just what you see on the big screen. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need super strength or flying powers to make a positive impact in the world. As part of the amazing Fostering Fortnight campaign, we want to raise the flag for fostering and make sure that we are shouting from the rooftops about life as an incredible foster care superhero.

And that’s where you come in.

To highlight the need for more foster carers, we created Sammy, our very own foster child hero. With the care, love and encouragement of her foster care superhero, Sammy enjoys a season of true hope and joy, and the chance for a brighter future.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/129544549

Perpetual Fostering promotes the provision of safe, stable placements – both short and long term – for children and young people, and with a national shortage of foster carers in the UK, we need  people like you to rise up to the cause. We believe that everyone has the ability to help make a difference in someone else’s life, so if you’re interested in making a change and would like to find out how to become a foster care superhero, get in touch with us today

Please join us over the the next fortnight and help us share our Fostering Fortnight video and meme – let’s put superhero foster carers firmly in the spotlight!

We hope you’re enjoying our fun, superhero meme, but in case you haven’t seen it, have a look at that nice big image above! We’re thrilled with it – it represents an important belief of ours: that is, every foster carer with us is a real life superhero.

This is because we appreciate the amazing effort that everyone brings to our fostering family.

The timing is just as important – #FosteringFortnight is underway. This is a very special time to celebrate our carers and spread general awareness about their efforts.

Check out our meme on Facebook and Twitter, and please do share it over your social channels to help to spread awareness among your friends, families, colleagues, and anyone else who might be interested in fostering services. This would really mean a lot to us, especially because we’re planning a coffee morning particularly for new or potential foster carers – more about that very soon here on this blog. But if you’re in the Lancashire region, just be sure to keep Saturday 6th June free!

We just have one question for our readers: are you confident that you could be a foster carer one day? And if so, when? Remember that it all comes down to your temperament, willingness to learn, and ability to work together with us as a team! From the start, everyone is a beginner, with plenty of questions – the answers only ever come with time.

So over the next fortnight, keep an eye on our social media channels and what we share: you’ll see that it is possible to become a superhero, and to change a young person’s life.

You might have heard the term “street smart” a few times in conversation or in a lesson at school, but what does it actually mean? If you’re street smart, it means you know how to stay safe when you’re out and about. It’s very important to make sure that you’re street smart because there are a lot of dangers when you’re out in public if you are not with your carer, parent or another family member.

This doesn’t mean that you should be scared every time you go outside or that you shouldn’t want to go outside anymore, it just means that you should know how to look after yourself if you’re out alone.

Strangers

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Stranger Danger’ and it’s important that you take this phrase seriously. Anyone you do not know is a stranger. Whilst this doesn’t mean you should be afraid of other people, it means you should just be careful and that you should know what to do if a stranger approaches you. If an adult who you do not know approaches you whilst you’re out and asks you to help them with something or come with them to look at something, do not go with them. You should walk the other way, go to a safe place or call your carer or parent.

Getting around

When you’re walking home from school or to the park with a friend, how careful are you when you cross the road or wait at a pedestrian crossing? Before crossing a road you should wait and look both ways to see if there is any oncoming traffic. Always try to cross at a pedestrian crossing if you can. As well as looking out for vehicles such as cars or trucks, you should be wary of cyclists and buses as you may not have realised that they were heading the same way as you or that they’re travelling down the road you’re just about to cross.

Stay alert and street smart, and above all, stay safe!