Faces of Fostering – Steph talks about foster carers and their own families

Faces of Fostering – Steph talks about foster carers and their own families

Foster carers are people with their own families too.

At the end of the day, foster carers are people with families of their own and lives that don’t belong to fostering and sometimes, we have to give them a bit of slack. We know our foster carers, and we know them well. They are genuine people who, at some point, might be having a hard time. We understand this.

The important thing is that the foster carer is willing to learn.

I know that statistically a lot of our children have been with us for a long time. We have at least 3 children that have been with us for over ten years with the same foster parents. The important things for new foster carers are that they have to be willing to learn, be flexible, and have a solid idea of what they are letting themselves in for.

Foster carers need to like children and understand that becoming a foster carer is not a job. Fostering is not a job; fostering is like a vocation; you can’t just do a bit of it. You have to do it all because children rely on you to do it all. So many foster carers become foster carers because they want to give something back; but, whatever the motivation for fostering is, you have to keep child-focused.

Many people think that becoming a foster carer is all about having skills, experience, and qualifications. However, the best foster carers are people who genuinely love children and want to be in it for the long haul. These foster carers are open to learning new skills and continual training.

The best thing for a foster child is to be placed with foster carers who genuinely loves children, as do we.

Click here to enquire about fostering with Caritas Care

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Special thanks to Verve Recruitment for their support in helping us find more foster carer for more children.

 

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