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So, you’ve been through the process of pre-approval training, assessment, panel and now you’ve been approved as a foster carer. This is great news, congratulations! What can you expect next?

You can get a great deal of reward from fostering which includes new family members and friends. You will experience many happy and proud moments for both yourself and your family members. This experience will give you the chance to positively change a child or young person’s life.

It’s likely that you will have to wait a while before the first child comes to live with you. You will likely be looking after children who have experienced trauma and require a specialised approach to their care. You might find that the behaviours are more challenging than those of other children you know, so good emotional resilience will be needed. You may need to build new relationships with the child’s birth family and others in the team around your fostered child. You will need to stay on top of important paper work, keep accurate and up-to-date records and logging important events and behaviours.

As a foster carer, you are never alone. You can expect to have multiple sources of ongoing support that’s available to you. You will have a supervising social worker, someone who is allocated to supporting you with your fostering service. This person will meet you on regular occasions to discuss any concerns or question you have, whilst offering you supervision and arrange training should you feel the need.

There will inevitably be some frustrations with the children in your care, the fostering service you are with, or the fostering system in general. So, having support from family and friends can be extremely beneficial in helping you as are fellow foster carers.

Are you considering becoming a foster carer? Would you like more information on how you could become a foster carer? Get in touch with us today at Viola Fostering Services and start you journey into fostering today.

Being a foster carer comes with complexity and breadth, you are being a carer for a child. It’s a complex, professional role and being called a foster carer is a small but significant way of recognising that.

Foster carer is a job description, it explains what the role is, highlights its complexity and shows its importance. Being called a foster carer doesn’t, of course, preclude strong personal relationships (indeed they are at the very heart of being a good foster carer), fostered children being given the opportunity to be a full member of a family, or fostered children calling their carers mum and dad or aunt and uncle or Jane and Paul. Being called a foster carer and showing love and compassion are not mutually exclusive.

There are many important skills and knowledge that come with being a foster carer. Here are six of the many important factors foster carers have on a child:
  • Foster carers are experts in attachment issues and work towards restoring a fostered child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Foster carers are experienced in play therapy, speech and language development, development of gross motor skills, sleep training and much more.
  • Foster carers are experts in working with children who are likely to have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect.
  • Foster carers are experts at looking after children who are separated from their own families, many of who have additional needs.
  • Foster carers help implement the child’s care plan which may include meeting with birth parents and others who are important to the child.
  • Foster carers complete life-story work to help fostered children know about their past in order to develop emotionally and socially.

Foster carers provide an important role that is unique to a child’s life. Have you considered fostering? Would you like more information on how you could become a foster carer? Get in touch with us today at Viola Fostering services and start you journey into fostering and making a difference to a child or young person’s life.

Currently, there is a need for at least 8,000 new fostering families in the UK over the next year to ensure that every child that enters foster care can live with a family who meet their needs. There is a specific need for foster carers to look after teenagers and children with disabilities.

Foster carers can come from all walks of life. You might be a company director, baker or computer programmer. Each foster carer has various hobbies, interests and can be a wide range of ages with different skills and experiences. Foster carers can be any gender or sexuality, from any culture or religion. It doesn’t matter if your single, married or living with your partner, your background should not prevent you from becoming a foster carer.

In order to become a foster carer, you need to meet the criteria below:
  • 18 years or older (some services only accept 21 years and older)
  • Have a spare room available
  • Full-time UK residency
  • Be able to provide a child with time, love, care and support

There are other factors you should take into consideration such as your health. It’s a demanding role as you become responsible for a child. Help can be provided along the way, but you should be aware of the impact it could have. You should also consider your finances, be aware of what fees or allowances you will receive. Do you have someone you can rely on to help you both practically and emotionally, looking after a child or young person can be challenging but rewarding as you get to see them thrive and develop like a child should.

Fostering might not be for everyone but don’t rule yourself out just because of your background, age, gender etc. Get in touch with us today at Viola Fostering Services and begin your journey into fostering.

In recognition of LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, which runs from 4-10 March 2019, we are providing you with reasons why someone from the LGBT community should consider becoming a foster carer. At Viola Fostering Services, we are proud to be supporting this campaign.

If you are lesbian, gay, bi or transgender, you may be wondering if fostering is possible. Well, the answer is yes, you can! There is absolutely no reason why someone from the LGBT community cannot foster. Lesbian and Gay people have been fostering and adopting children for many years and, there are many examples of children growing up safely and happily with LGBT foster carers.

Open your heart and your home, there are many children and young people who simply just need your time and care, the difference you make can be life changing. LGBT carers have so much to give, they understand being different in modern society, being in care can feel the same. Children and young people in care understand prejudice in school playgrounds and online, this gives an empathy, a link that other carers may not have. Foster caring is a great way for same sex couples to have children in their life and more are choosing to foster than ever before.

So, to all the LGBT carers out there, you can foster, and you will probably do a really good job of it too! The UK is in need of more foster carers and there’s plenty of support available for LGBT foster carers, so don’t worry. If you are in the LGBT community and are considering fostering, then contact us now and make a change to a child or young persons life.

Children Need Your Love & Care

We all need to feel loved and looked after no matter what age we are. This is especially important during our younger years. If a child doesn’t feel loved then it can have a big impact on their personal development, which can go on to affect them into adulthood. Fostering provides an opportunity to make sure a child is loved and cared for, this will have a positive impact on their mental wellbeing and ensure they have someone to be there for them.

Many Children Don’t Grow Up in A Safe & Happy Home
There are many children in foster care who don’t know what it’s like to have a proper family setting or family routines. Providing children with a feeling of belonging to a family can be important for them to build future relationships as they get older.

Children Miss Out on Being Children
Many children in care have missed out on the opportunity of being a child and as a result have not experienced what it’s actually like to be a child. Little things that can be taken for granted such as a family meal, family holiday, fun parks and playgrounds, many children in care haven’t experienced before. Giving a child a loving, caring home, will allow them to feel safe and cared for at a time when it’s most important. Allowing children to enjoy being children.

You’re Educating the Next Generation
You will have the opportunity make a huge impact on the child or young persons life. You will get to teach them and bring them up, so they have greater opportunities in the future. The benefits they will receive from having your attention and support can have a lasting impact on their life.

Fostering Provides You With Self-Development
You can learn many skills and lesson through fostering. You will receive training that can be applied to different situations in life. You can be a role model to a young person’s life and learn and develop new skills.
Viola Fostering Services is proud to be supporting Fostering February. This campaign aims to raise awareness about how foster caring works, whilst also making clear myths that surround it. It doesn’t matter whereabouts in the country you are located, there is someone nearby to you that is making a difference to a child’s life.

Why not become a foster carer yourself? Fostering February is all about learning more about the important facts and ensuring you are informed on what it is that’s required in order to become a foster carer. Did you know you don’t need to own your own home to be a foster carer?

If you are considering becoming a foster carer and would like more information, click here to get in touch with us.
Children's Mental Health Week runs throughout this week, recognising the importance of talking about mental health in all settings, from the school to home. This year there is a spotlight on 'Being Ourselves'; celebrating everything truly unique about us.
Instant Family is a new American comedy-drama film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as two parents who foster three young children. Available to watch from the 14th February 2019.

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