This section of the website goes into detail around issues of potential interest to anyone who is currently fostering children or considering applying to be a foster carer. Right from the start and then throughout the careers of our carers we are committed to building their knowledge and fostering skills. This is so important as we have found it helps our carers to think in terms of additional training or support they may be interested in accessing. Our aim is to ensure that we can provide the best and most up to date information across a range of issues relating to fostering. Together with the FREE subscription to “FosterTalk’ now available for all our carers, we strive to provide the best ongoing information and guidance. We are always delighted to get feedback from anyone using the site and value any suggestions our carers or applicants might wish to make.
The children and young people we find families for come from widely varying backgrounds. This is a sign of the times we live in and the nature of our multi-cultural society. We now urgently need carers from different ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions to come forward to foster. Problems and strife around the world mean we have an increasing number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children needing homes.
We are an independent fostering agency that asks people to open their hearts and their homes…Our ‘Carers’ Info’ section underscores how at Rainbow we do our best to open our arms to those already fostering or those seriously considering it.
As a Foster Carer always remember…
Children and young people coming into care may well have experienced trauma and disruption. Their lives may have been chaotic and along the way they may themselves have witnessed or fallen victim to violent behaviour. Such experiences can have a range of negative effects often resulting in displays of uncooperative and challenging behaviour. Naturally enough, they are looking for a better life and as a foster carer they will want you to provide it. Fostering is not just about providing the all important basics – food, warmth and shelter; a child will need you above all to provide stability. When this is in place a child or young person can begin to feel a sense of security. Once this is achieved, they will be receptive to your offering them support and encouragement. This will provide them with increasing levels of reassurance and build their self-esteem. Skilled foster carers appreciate this is a process that takes time and brings its own rewards – both for the carer and the child/young person. The single word that can best describe the goal of this process is ‘trust’ and when this is in place on both sides love and respect are likely to follow. That ‘better life’ that you as a foster carer want to provide can then become a reality.
To be a foster parent makes you very special as you are doing one of the most important life affirming and life enhancing things anyone can do. On a broader level all foster carers are of huge importance to society’s well being – every day carers perform immensely valuable work for this as well as future generations.
This year alone, there is an urgent need for 7,000 new foster families…that means there are a lot of children and young people desperately in need of the care and love only a family can provide.If you are already fostering, perhaps you know someone who is inspired by the work you do. They might also consider looking after a child or young person. Please ask them to contact us for a friendly informal chat.