What do foster carers do?

Foster caring

Foster carers provide a place in their family for children who are unable to live with their own parents or carers.

Fostering provides both temporary and permanent (long term) care, sometimes for parents who need support, or for children or young people during difficult times in their lives.

Fostered children usually return home after a short period however, sometimes problems cannot be resolved and parents are unable to provide safe care. Children might move from foster care to be adopted, and young people might move on to independent living.

The challenges

Becoming a foster carer and fostering children holds many challenges for fostering families. It is a big step that everyone in the household should approve of and be fully involved in.

What successful foster carers do:

  • Keep on learning.
  • Understand the limits of their personal strengths and abilities.
  • Expect to be given all the information they need.
  • Take a full part in the plans for a child.
  • Ask for help from their agency when begin to happen.
  • Know and accept when they have reached the end of their efforts.

Foster carer’s careers

Foster carers we have worked with have moved into different areas of professional childcare. Because of their fostering experiences, training and understanding of child development, foster carers have gained easier access to higher qualifications and some have trained as:

  • Specialised foster carers;
  • Social workers;
  • Counsellors;
  • Play therapists;
  • Youth workers;
  • Sexual health workers;
  • Residential workers;
  • Psychologists.

Although some foster carers further their interest in childcare, most continue to choose foster caring as well.

What does Simply Fostering do?

There are both Local Authority and Independent Fostering Agencies and every agency has vacancies.

Before inquiring or applying to become a foster carer, make sure that you choose the right agency for you and your family, by using our free fostering agency matching service, so contact us today.

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