Being approved as a foster carer can be a very exciting time. It’s normal to feel nervous and have a mixture of emotions prior to your first child or young person arriving into your home. Here are a few tips in preparation for your journey into being a foster carer begins.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to waiting for your first arrival. The process can sometimes take a while, from being approved, to having a young person or child with you. Be patient and the wait will be rewarding as you get to make such a huge impact on a child’s life.
You will feel that you need to be well-prepared, and you do indeed need to be, but it’s not possible to cover every eventuality when you don’t know who will be coming to live with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as you’re not going to know everything. There will be times where things don’t go according to plan, but your supervising social worker will be there for you. Everyone wants to see you succeed and it work out very well, so there will be people available to help you along the way if you need it. Take the time before you first child or young person arrives to get to know other local foster carers who will offer you very useful advice.
The list of “what ifs” can be endless but know matter how long you spend thinking about this there will always be something you haven’t thought of. Just enjoy the process and that fact that your first child will soon be on their way to your home. Whilst waiting for your first child, take everything in your stride. There will be highs and lows that will come but no two days are the same.
Enjoy this time and the preparation for your first arrival and we wish you all the best as a foster parent.
Why not read our other blogs on What to Expect Once You’ve Become A Foster Carer or The Importance of A Foster Carer.