Could you Become a Foster Carer?
Being a foster carer takes time, patience and dedication and making the decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whilst fostering will be one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever take, it’s also one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.
At Regional Fostering Services, we understand that fostering is a huge, life-changing decision, but we know it’s ultimately worth it. Fostering will provide you with the opportunity to make a real difference to a child or young person’s life for the better.
Start your journey to become a foster carer today
We need to know that all our foster carers can meet and match each child’s needs as much as possible. That’s why we look for the following experience in our potential foster carers:
- Previous experience of fostering and/or close involvement with someone who has already fostered.
- Experience of parenting children.
- Experience of working with children in a paid/unpaid capacity.
- An ability to reflect on life experiences and mature through them.
- An ability to see beyond children’s behaviour and link it to past trauma where applicable.
- An empathy for and natural ability to nurture children traumatised by separation from their birth families.
- Ability to work with the child’s parents, Local Authority, Regional Fostering and other professionals.
The practical requirements of becoming a foster carer
In order to be a successful foster carer, you also need to think about the practical requirements of fostering. For example, do you have the time, energy and enthusiasm to look after children and young people? There are a number of other practical issues potential foster carers have to think about:
- Time, energy and enthusiasm for children or young people?
- At least one spare room?
- An understanding that it can take time for a child or young person to respond to you and your family?
- A flexible and adaptable approach?
- A positive outlook and the ability to be encouraged by small steps forward?
- Responsive family or support networks?
- The time and commitment to attend regular training sessions and support group meetings?
For more information about what’s involved with providing a suitable foster home for a child or young person, call us on 0203 621 2101 or click the button to request a call back.