What Does It Mean To Be a Foster Carer?

When fostering a child, Foster Carers need to make themselves emotionally available regarding the needs of a child, much like they would their own children. This also means that Foster Carers are required to attend meetings, reviews, school functions and other appointments for a child.

Becoming a great foster carer

Foster Carers need to remain professional and mindful when dealing with a child’s birth family and should also promote and encourage contact, making the experience for the child as positive as it can be.

There is no upper age limit in Fostering however you will need to be at least 21 years old. The fostering role can often be quite a demanding one so we also need to make sure that our Foster Carers are reasonably fit, healthy and emotionally available to be able to respond to the needs of a child. When recruiting Foster Carers we look for applicants who are warm, friendly, robust, resilient and able to provide a stable, loving and secure home.

Foster Carers will also need to be mindful that children may not always stay with you forever and there may be times when you have to say goodbye. Some Foster Carers can find this difficult, however many recognise that children moving on can often be a positive experience, knowing that you have helped them achieve their true potential.

Building a support network

Foster Carers are also expected to encourage and support the development of any children and young people in their care by encouraging them to reach their full potential. This may be by supporting them in their studies and encouraging good attendance at school, or could be in promoting and facilitating any extra-curricular activities or interests that a child may have. In addition to these tasks Foster Carers often have children placed with them who still have ‘contact’ with their birth family and may be required to support children and young people in attending these contact arrangements.

Training & Personal Development

Carers will need to be committed to attending training. This is a vital part of what you do as a Carer and our outstanding and unique training courses will be both hugely beneficial as well as fascinating and informative.

As you become more experienced as a Foster Carer, you will develop new skills that you never knew you had and will certainly gain more insight into the lives of children and young people. You may also have the opportunity to work in partnership with local authorities and a wide range other professionals such as Therapists, Education Specialists and Social Workers.

The CFT prides itself on the level of Foster Carer support we give to all Foster Carers within our organisation and we will encourage you in your personal development to help you become the best Carer you can possibly be.

For more information on the Foster Parent assessment process read our guide here.

"A Foster carers role is extremely hard work, but hugely rewarding. It’s a very slow process to gently piece together and repair the experiences of the child's life and story, but to see and reflect on the huge changes they make, self belief and confidence they gain give you a fantastic feeling of great job satisfaction."

Janette - Foster Carer

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