Fostering children – Make a difference as a foster carer.
The right fostering placement can completely transform children’s lives. It can be the make or break point for them and equally it can be devastating for a young person to be put into the wrong situation. Fostering is incredibly important for families in crisis.
Who are foster children?
Children and adolescents may need Foster care for a variety of reasons; they have been harmed, or may have been at risk of harm; or their natural parents or guardians may not be able to care for them.
Foster children range in age from infancy to age 18, and come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. The children and young people are going through troubled times and need care, protection and support.
The kind of harm a child may have experienced may include sexual, physical or emotional abuse, abandonment or chronic neglect. Many have had few role models and little encouragement to succeed.
In most cases, these young people have been betrayed by adults therefore they are sometimes unwilling or unable to trust adults for fear of more rejection.
Some children and young people in care have taken on caring for siblings and sometimes a parent. Many have experienced a lost and unhappy childhood.
They are ‘all our children’ and they deserve the best society can provide to keep them safe. Fostering is the best known alternative.
There are increasing numbers of children coming into care and an ongoing shortage of foster carers. It is estimated that every 22 minutes a child in the UK comes into care and needs a foster family.
Foster carers can make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people by providing them, often at difficult times in their lives, with stability, care, love and support in a safe, secure and nurturing family environment.
Contact Foster Care News to apply to foster children.