Make a difference to a young person in care.
Fostering teenagers can be some of the most rewarding and engaging groups to foster and where you can see positive impacts on young people’s lives.
Societally, there are many preconceived ideas about teenagers and their individualised needs. People make assumptions based on their own experiences and these generalised ideas are magnified when a teenager is in care.
We believe everyone deserves a chance! Without judgement based on their age or circumstance. Fostering teenagers can be more rewarding, and simpler and provide more opportunities for self-growth than fostering younger children.
Without a doubt, teenagers who are in care could have been subjected to more damaging situations for a longer period than younger children, they can have a deeper understanding of their circumstances and all this can present its own, unique challenges. However, the adversity they have come from is not their fault, the anger and resentment that may present itself is a natural reaction to the lack of control over their lives that they may have experienced.
Outcomes of fostering teenagers
Ultimately, every placement type has its unique challenges and rewards – teenagers are no different.
Teenagers can engage with foster parents on a level that no other group can. Their elevated understanding of life, their environments and their culture can be hugely enriching for the people caring for them. Care becomes a conversational experience, being repaid when times get tough.
Young people are full of opportunity and teendom is a unique opportunity to help frame the future of an individual tasked with making huge decisions, who may not have had the start in life they deserve. Providing a reliable and stable home environment is key to enabling a young person to make the best possible decisions about their future.
You’ll be their cheerleaders, their protectors, their teacher and their family – helping them develop invaluable skills that will follow them into independence.
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