Faces of Fostering – Why matching a child to a foster family is so important

Faces of Fostering – Why matching a child to a foster family is so important

Matching the children and their foster carers is an integral part of my job.

Matching foster carers and children is so important, and sometimes, it doesn’t work because we simply don’t like each other. It happens with children; it is normal. I match the right children with the right foster carers; and so the placements are successful.

I use my searching skills carefully to get the right match because it works beautifully when we get it right. We don’t send any child to our foster carers without profiling them and checking their suitability; we are not heads on beds agency. We believe that having the right relationship right from the beginning is key to success because it means we have a close and honest relationship together.

I always take the time to speak with my foster carers; it is essential they know I will do this.

Another thing that Caritas Care are good at is we do not have time constraints. If a foster carer wants to talk, I make time to speak with them. We are a voluntary agency, and many people who work with us have voluntarily given their time and as foster carers, often their jobs to be a part of us. The least we can do is give them our time, and time is something I have in abundance for them. I know that if we all keep on talking together, we’ll get there.

Taking time helps us build up relationships, like the relationship that Lucy has as a social worker for Byron who featured in our #FacesOfFostering series in June. I have 2 young ladies who are foster children with Caritas Care, and they tell me everything, and that is how it should be.

Steph, Fostering Social Worker

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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