The number of refugee children is increasing across Europe. The UK – along with Germany, Sweden and Norway are the main destination countries. Save the Children are currently estimating that there are around 5,000 ‘unaccompanied’ children languishing in European refugee camps without having an adult responsible for their care. This is not a surprise considering some 3.5 million children are displaced within Syria. Children still inside Syria report feeling hopeless: often they have witnessed their friends and relatives being killed. So many homes have been reduced to rubble. The infrastructure we take for granted has been destroyed meaning children are hungry, malnourished and often sick. Clean water can be both hard and dangerous to find and most hospitals lack basic equipment. Many schools are no longer standing and even if they are, just making the simple journey to there can be life threatening.
Refugee children are arriving in the UK right now in growing numbers. Many are traumatised having witnessed extreme acts of violence. Many have been brutally persecuted and are escaping some of the the most war torn parts of the world. These children and young people present in desperate need of help and support. Although there is considerable focus on the Syrian refugee crisis, we have children from Eritrea, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan – this a problem that does not respect borders.
At Rainbow we are focused on attracting, training and supporting foster carers who want to help meet this urgent and rapidly growing need. We require people from all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who might be willing to consider fostering- especially people who have experience of working with children who have suffered trauma, or who might have similar linguistic or cultural backgrounds to these desperate refugees.
Our foster carers have opened their hearts and their homes…at Rainbow we open our arms in welcome and promise to:
- Provide the training to make you a confident carer
- Assess you quickly and approve you as a foster carer
- Guide you through the assessment process
- Give you a qualified and experienced social worker dedicated to giving you support and guidance at all times.
- Provide 24hr on call support
- Invite you to our special events and coffee mornings to meet other carers
- Provide a generous package of allowances
Please remember you need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of a child/young person to be considered for foster caring.
"My link worker has been very helpful, she is easy to talk to and reliable."
"I enjoy being a foster carer, I find it very fulfilling."
"The reward has been from my foster child seeing her blossom and flourish."