Some Things You Need to Know About Foster Care
Foster care is a system which enables adults to take care of a child or children that are not taken care of by their own birth parents. If the parents cannot care for and provide for their children for any reason, agencies and courts send the children for foster care. In most of the cases of foster care, the child or children stay with the foster family for full length of time but at times it may vary, depending upon the individual interests. Foster care is different from adoption because the foster carers are provided a salary to look after the child.
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- As part of your role, you will need to be able to:
- work closely with the child’s family and those important to the child
- set appropriate boundaries and manage a child’s behavior without resorting to physical or inappropriate punishment
- listen and communicate with children in a manner appropriate to their age and understanding
- ensure that children are cared for in a home safe from harm and abuse and advise the children on how to get help when they need to
- help children to develop secure attachments with adults by helping them to realize that some adults can provide them with safe and effective care
- work with other professionals and contribute to and help to implement a care plan for the child. This may include specific responsibilities e.g. making sure the child is able to visit her/his family and friends
- speak up for the child in order to ensure that they receive good care and the opportunity to develop
About those who need fostering
The children needing foster care are as individual as the foster carers providing it. They come from all sorts of different backgrounds, have very different reasons why they need foster care and need different types of support and help from their foster carers.
For most of the children and young people in care, whatever the reason they need fostering, what they’re really looking for is support, stability and normality. They don’t want to be treated as special cases, they just want to have an ordinary home.
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