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Thinking about fostering? First answer these questions

Do you have what it takes to be a foster carer? That is the question!

Becoming a foster carer can be one of the most rewarding journeys on earth, but if you’re seriously considering fostering as a career path, it’s vital you ask yourself a few fundamental questions first:

1. Do you have a spare room?

While it doesn’t matter what kind of house you have, it’s crucial you have a spare room in your home. This enables the children you foster to have a space of their own where they can keep their personal belongings, sleep, do their homework, and so on.

2. Are you prepared for the realities?

The children who come into care have had the most difficult of starts in life. Many have suffered physical, mental, emotional and sometimes sexual abuse. You need to be emotionally resilient.

3. Do you have a support system?

Fostering can be stressful, so it’s important you have a strong network of family and friends around you. Choosing a foster agency that offers you full support is also key. At Perpetual Fostering, joining us is like joining a family. You’ll receive support 24/7 and make many new friends along the way.

4. Are you able to let go?

Foster care is not permanent. The children will move on someday. Whilst it is important to ‘let go,’ a goodbye doesn’t have to mean forever. In some cases, with permission from the birth parent or adopted parent, a relationship with your foster children can remain intact long after the child leaves your home.

5. How do your own children feel?

It’s important to consider how fostering will impact your family. Your own children will have to share their home, their room, their toys and their parents. So do ask every member of your family how they feel about you becoming a foster carer.

6. What ages of children can you look after?

Is a baby right for you? A toddler? A teenager? These are choices that are all up to you as a foster parent. You also have the choice in terms of which behaviours you feel you can and cannot live with at this time.

7. Have you got lots of love to give?

Are you ready to throw a first birthday party? Decorate a first Christmas tree or paint a first picture? These are just some of the rewards of fostering and helping a young person to experience a fulfilling family life.

There’s so much to consider if you’re thinking of being a foster parent. If you think you have what it takes to help a child or young person experience a healthy family environment and reach their full potential, we would love to hear from you.

To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team via the website or by calling 0845 130 4748.

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Posted on 24 July 2014

Posted in Becoming a foster carer

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