When deciding to become a foster carer, it’s important to know how it will affect your family and be confident that your family are fully supported throughout the process.
Fostering involves everyone in the household and it won’t be an easy ride for anyone but the rewards for you and your family can be enormous.
Asking a child or young person to share their parents, home and time with another young person is a big request.
Young family members are key to a successful foster placement, which is why we include them from the start. Birth children are consulted and supported by social workers throughout the recruitment process and placement.
Fostering will have a positive effect on your children. They will develop strong caring and empathy skills, feel part of a team and make friends with the children who live with them.
Although fostering is rewarding, there will be challenges along the way. Sometimes a child or young person may leave your care before you feel ready to say goodbye. They may be adopted or return to their birth parents, or move onto a permanent foster home. When they do, we’ll give you all the support you need to help them, and you and your family, to move on.
We will provide the whole family with the support and advice needed to ensure your experience of fostering is a happy one. However long a child is in your care, you will make a huge impact in their life - fostering really does change lives.
If you have any questions relating to the effects on your family, call the team on 01656 642674.