Looking for a fostering service in Milton Keynes?
Every year in this country, tens of thousands of children and young people find themselves in desperate need of foster care. There are many reasons why they may not be able to live with their own families; one thing is certain and that is the UK is currently short of 9,000 foster families to meet this demand. Would you consider fostering children if you live in the Milton Keynes area? We would like to hear from anyone thinking of being a single carer, or from people interested in becoming joint carers; or simply, just wanting a chat about what fostering involves.
We would advise people to have a look at all the information on the Rainbow website as it covers many aspects of fostering. Briefly, foster carers come from all sorts of different backgrounds. The life skills and experiences they have will be different, but what they do need is an interest in children and young people. You must, however, fulfil the following requirements -
- have a spare bedroom with good storage space large enough for a young person to live in
- have full time UK residency, or leave to remain
- have the time to look after a child or young person - usually on a full time basis
At Rainbow we need to find people who have emotional strength as the reasons children can come into care may be upsetting. These can include a parent’s illness, or the neglect, abuse or exploitation of a child/young person
We currently have children and young people from many different ethnic backgrounds urgently needing a caring home. We need foster carers drawn from all ethnic and cultural traditions to become foster carers. Pressures are growing in the care system - there are now many unaccompanied asylum seeking children arriving in the UK who need care. They present particular challenges - especially those who have come from war torn areas of the world. And then there are young people who are dealing with complex issues to do with their developing sexual identity. Because of all these varied needs, we support our carers with high quality training. This covers a whole range of issues connected with fostering and is maintained throughout their careers with us.
At Rainbow Fostering we would also like to hear from people the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) communities who might consider fostering children. LGBT foster carers have often faced various forms of discrimination and marginalisation: overcoming this requires the kind of emotional resilience so useful when looking after children from challenging backgrounds.
One of the most important roles of a foster carer is to support a child or young person through their education. This will mean taking an interest in all aspects of their school life. This is important for many reasons; not least improving a young person’s career prospects, but also demonstrating care and concern for their long term interests. A child whose experience is likely to have included disruption - almost as a way of life - will find reassurance in a foster parent supporting their educational goals. Overall, the educational experience provides an excellent opportunity to build stability around a placement. Learning should also be fun so at Rainbow we like our foster children to have the same opportunities as ordinary children in birth families: we make available paid allowances so our carers are able to take their foster child/young person on special trips and days out. There is plenty on offer in the Milton Keynes area - Milton Keynes Museum, The National Museum of Computing, Aerial Extreme, Bletchley Park and Willen Lake.
Be a foster carer and change a child’s life for the better
Changing your life and the life of a child or young person, is only a phone call away. We will help you find out if being a foster carer is for you. There is no pressure or obligation - just the chance to discover more in a relaxed an informal way. Should you prefer, we can arrange to post or email more information to consider at your leisure.
For a great many people, fostering is one of the most rewarding things it is possible to do. It is a way of life, offering the chance to meet new people, rise to challenges and; with Rainbow Fostering, feel a valued part of a professional and dedicated team.
It is an amazing thought - opening your door to a child or young person needing a home could make all the difference in the world to their young lives.
Call or email: we are a friendly team so if you are interested in becoming a foster carer, or are already fostering and considering transferring, we’d love to hear from you.