Fostering The Viola Fostering Way
Family isn't defined by last names, or by blood; its defined by commitment and by love. It means showing up when they need the most. It means having each other's backs. It means choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other! (Dave Willis.org) This ethos is what Viola Fostering Services has built its foundations upon.
Caring for someone else's child is a big responsibility. Inevitably with that responsibility comes the worry as to whether or not you have what it takes to foster? Viola Fostering Services will be with you from the first phone call to us right through your fostering journey. Our aim is to create a family feel throughout everything we do. We will work as a family to ensure that every child in our care never fears the wind because their roots will be deep.
As a foster carer, you will be fully supported in meeting your role in meeting the child/young person's needs to the best of your ability.
As an organisation, we are committed to ensuring that looked after children and young people receive the very best support and care in a positive, safe environment where they can thrive.
To put children first and work in partnership with all parties involved in order to, ensure that every child achieves the best outcome.
|Give children a stable, secure home life and support them to build a better future.
Young children experience their world through their relationships with parents and
other caregivers. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments between
children and their caregivers provide a buffer against the effects of potential
stressors and are fundamental to healthy brain development. Viola Fostering is looking to recruit, train and support foster carers that can promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments which can have a positive
impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that
will help children/young people reach their full potential.
Children and young people who are placed in local authority care have a diverse range of personal histories and challenges, often as a result of the abuse or neglect they have suffered. Viola Fostering Services will work collaboratively with other professions and services in order to meet these needs, to ameliorate the impact of abuse and neglect and to enable the children and young people to reach their potential.
The child or young person's social worker will be the lead professional, but decision making will be collaborative based on all professionals including foster carers working together as a multi-agency group.
Viola Fostering Services works very closely with local authorities and partners in putting protocols in place to support multi-agency working, in particular with respect to specialist consultancy services to support collaboration on complex cases.
Provide our foster families with the support needed for them to undertake their role as carers.
A substantial number of children and young people come into care as a result of maltreatment, including; (physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence and abuse). Many children suffer combinations of different forms of abuse and neglect and, as a result, experience the kind of care-giving in which key nurturing experiences are missing.
We are looking for carers that can be warm and nurturing. In turn we will provide our carers with very competitive allowances, excellent training and support, recruit and train competent and friendly staff to support you with your fostering tasks and work hard to show that we really value you as carers.
|Supporting young people to fulfil their potential
Looked-after young people and care leavers need good careers advice, as well as opportunities for work or apprenticeships to help them develop their self-belief and prepare them for adult life. As a foster carer, you will be supported in supporting young people in fulfilling their full potential.
It should also be remembered that fulfilling potential is not just about educational achievement. Looked-after children and young people need to be supported so that they can realise their hopes and dreams for their future lives as adults.
Care is a vital part of our child protection system. Most young people in care say that their experiences are good and that it was the right choice for them (Beihal et al, 2014). But more needs to be done to ensure that all children in care are healthy and safe, have the same opportunities as their peers and can move successfully into adulthood. Children’s early experiences have a significant impact on their development and future life chances. As a result of their experiences both before and during care, looked after children are at greater risk than their peers.
Here at Viola Fostering Services, we intend to recruit foster carers that can provide a secure, caring environment to help children and young people overcome their early life experiences and give them the best chances in life. We have a highly experienced team who understand the importance of meeting the children/young people's needs, but also the needs of carers; our proposed Registered Manager is a parent, and an approved foster carer. Our Responsible Individual is a parent and has experience of the care system, with this insight, we are best placed to offer practical advice and support to our carers as well as regular supervision, 24-hour telephone support, regular training, support groups and membership to organisations such as Fostering Network and FosterTalk.
We aim to provide a family feel for our carers, where problems are shared and children receive individual care. We will pride ourselves on taking the time to listen, not just to children, but to our foster carers and their families too. If you decide to become a foster carer, your whole family will be involved in the process so they will be included from the beginning.
We believe that children do better when professionals work in partnership with parents and the child’s wider family. When you become a foster carer, you become a part of a team that surrounds the child; our service will instil confidence in all those who are involved in the young person’s life, whatever the length of our involvement.
Our service will be individual and celebrate diversity; children placed in our care come from a wide range of backgrounds so we think our carers should too. Whether you are male or female, in a relationship or single, heterosexual or gay, parents or not, we want to hear from you if you are interested in finding out more about Viola Fostering Services.