“I totally understand the importance of regular contact with birth families for foster children. My foster child has regular contact with her birth family at least every two weeks.
I encourage family time because I know how important family time is for her and her family. I also make sure that additional contact is made when there are special occasions such as birthdays, but I know that there will be lows after this contact.
Understandably, she feels low. However, I am non-judgemental, and she knows I am there for her if she wants to talk. If she wants to spend time on her own and deal with it herself, that is okay because seeing family can mess with children’s heads.
However, after a while, she settles and begins to find comfort from the family time because she knows she is still a part of the family. She keeps her sense of belonging with them, and even though they are apart, her self-identity as a part of her family remains.”
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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Special thanks to Verve Recruitment for their support in helping us find more foster carer for more children.