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Foster care: why people might consider fostering

Foster carers and why they do it

Foster carers why they want to care

Foster carer is an activity most of the rest of society understands as a basic idea, but not the complexities that are involved. People who would never normally think of fostering probably have a single fixed idea about it: trouble. But if we think that most people; more than anything want in their lives to make a real difference, becoming a foster carer provides enormous potential. Why? Because there can be few other things, that right from the start, have such a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. And make no mistake, if you are able to provide a vulnerable child with the kind of love and security they might never have known, there is no greater gift.

The special gift that foster carers give.

Sadly, increasing numbers of children are coming into foster care having been traumatised. This might have been caused by abuse of one type or another, or it may be they have been neglected. No two stories will be the same, but what all these children will have in common is their vulnerability. Their immediate need will be for a safe and supportive home. A tranquil environment where they can begin to come to terms with the situation they are in. As the saying goes, ‘Rome was not built in a day’: the same applies to foster care. A child will need time to recover from what may have been distressing experiences over a prolonged period. Foster carers are trained to shape their responses to the emotional needs of a child. Over time foster carers learn; with training and support, to help guide the aspirations of those they care for. This means being advocates for them at their schools. It also means finding ways to encourage and nurture whilst their foster children rediscover; or for some, discover for the first time, their self-worth.

If they can be helped to do this, there is a good chance that they will grow into contented and well-adjusted adults. in turn, this means that if they have children of their own, those children will have the good fortune of growing up in a happy home. When you reflect on this, it can be seen that the dedicated work of foster carers can have an amazing effect across generations.  

Help keep families together.

There is an urgent need to find foster parents able to provide a home for sibling groups. This can seem like a challenge too far. More than one child at once – all arriving in your home. But with the kind of training and support we provide, there are some definite and quite unique benefits to fostering siblings. It can; and usually is, quite devastating for a child to have to leave its home. When brothers and sisters are involved, the ill-effects can be significantly compounded. Imagine, children lose their home and are split apart from their siblings. If, as a carer, you can provide a home for all of them, they will be kept together as a family. Maybe not with their mum and dad – but the next best thing – with one another. Thus, their relationships can be kept intact – safeguarding them for the rest of their lives. Foster carers accomplish this: could there be anything more satisfying than the knowledge a family has been kept together because of your love and dedication?

Still thinking of fostering?

Fostering will obviously mean different things to different people. Caring for children will always require special skills. There is a choice of many fostering agencies. Rainbow prides itself in the way we work in partnership with our foster carers ensuring the welfare of our children every day.

Our children are not adopted, they are fostered. There is a difference: adoptive parents will have full legal responsibility for a child. Foster care and adoption differ as a child who is fostered, becomes the legal responsibility of their ‘corporate parent’ which is the Local Authority.

Rainbow strives to build the parenting skills of our carers. They can then deal with the emotional demands a child or young person may place on them. Children arriving in foster care come in all ages, shapes and sizes: children with disabilities need foster parents as much as those who have experienced neglect and/or abuse.

The fostering care system can often seem to be a confusing place for people. Especially when they first apply. A family with Rainbow fostering can depend on our commitment to providing the best support and training – meaning, for example, we offer plenty of respite care.

At the moment there are many more fostering families needed to provide foster homes – some 8,000 additional families to provide love, security and advocacy for those children and young people they care for. 

If you decide to be a carer with us, it could well be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. The range of professional career opportunities offered by us – with our ongoing free training packages – could allow you to be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a therapeutic carer. If you develop the expertise to look after teenagers, sibling groups or manage parent and child placements, you will also see your earnings with your experience.

It’s a fact: some children we have ultimately do go for adoption. This can happen if a long term placement has worked out well. Adoptive parents are also in high demand in the UK.

Want to foster? Call 0330 311 2845 for more details and a no-obligation chat all about giving you the best information to reach the right decision for you and your family.

An important benefit.

Remember anyone fostering with Rainbow will be receiving a FREE annual subscription to FosterTalk magazine. It offers interesting articles about many many different aspects of fostering.

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