Children come into foster care for many reasons: abusive or absent parents, parents who have difficulty coping or as a result of neglect. Whatever the cause the result is an inability of the parents to provide a stable home.
This lack of stability leads to young people being put into the care of the local authority. This can be for a period of a couple of days to a permanent situation.
Providing a stable environment
Foster carers are responsible for providing this, often missing, stable home life. The ability to provide a stable, secure home is what singles good foster carers out from the crowd.
If you are a parent or have ever had a role looking after young children you might see becoming a foster carer as an extension of that. Please remember that although foster care might seem a form or parenting, which indeed it is, it is also a fully trained, well supported, paid profession.
There are around 70,000 children in foster care in the UK, with a further 10,000 new foster carers needed.
A desire to give something back
Experience shows us that people who thrive as foster carers tend to have certain qualities: they have positive, resilient personalities, tend to lead active lives in the community and are often guided by a desire to give something back.
If you feel that fostering might be for you then click HERE for a free guide to fostering. This guide will hopefully answer many of your questions.
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