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.