What Is Fostering All About?
Fostering – The Basics
Why Foster Homes in London Matter To Us
What Kind of People Foster?
You Are Thoughtful
People who come forward for fostering usually have some knowledge of what’s involved. They may know someone else who fosters, been fostered themselves, or been part of a ‘fostering family’ whilst they were growing up.
You Like Children
You Can Talk Clearly
You Enjoy Teamwork
You will work with other professionals sharing your observations about the child and listening to and acting on the advice given by others. Success for children requires input from many sources
People like you Foster – We can help you
What Foster Children Need from You
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Enjoy Life Together
Children need your time and attention to flourish and enjoy life again. Having time in your life to foster is important because foster children and others will need your full support and committment.
We will match children with you who are likely to enjoy your family lifestyle and interests, and we hope that you will enjoy theirs as well.
Help with Trauma
Foster carers help children and young people find ways of coping with their trauma, difficult experiences and separation from their families, by being tolerant to their needs.
Some children express their feelings through difficult or challenging behaviour such as tantrums, being withdrawn, aggression, clinginess or rejection. Other children may find it difficult to follow rules as they don’t know what’s expected of them.
Our training and development will help you to identify courses of action when these events occur and how to turn them into positive learning opportunites .
Help Them Develop
You might need to be there to help young people struggling with relationships or other growing up issues. Sometimes they just need to know that you are listening to them and looking out for them. Being able to chat about what is on their mind is something young people really appriecate (maybe later in their life).
Working with Others
You will also need to work with the agency helping other carers by sharing your experiences and continuing to learn through training and development sessions and reviews.
I can now see how children find it difficult. I’ve learned how to support children so that they can talk about how they felt and turn that into a positive experience. Returning to the situation later when they might be able to talk more calmly about how they were feeling which helps them, and me to learn about them.
What Do Foster Carers Do?
Besides the daily activities that any family will have like getting the children to school, providing meals and helping with homework, foster carers also have some more responsibilities. Thankfully, you would not have all of these activites on the same day though!
A Foster Carer’s Diary
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Looked After Children Meeting
Personal Education Plan Meetings at School
Foster Carer Support Group
Health & Safety Visit
You might have a few actions to take to keep your home safe.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering
Do I need any experience to do fostering?
Do I need to be able to speak and write in English?
Do fostering families always own their home?
Foster families need to have a secure tenancy in their accomodation. We will ask your landlord for permission for you to foster in that home and we will expect that there is a formal tenancy agreement. Even if you own your home, you will need to demonstrate that you are the owner and that you are named on the mortgage documents if they exist. All those named in the mortgage will be asked for their permission for you to foster at that address.
Can you work and foster at the same time?
Providing that you are able to meet all the needs of the foster child (as a priority over your work) and attend training and meetings that are required to sustain the foster placement then flexible work is acceptable.
Some of our carers are able to do full time work and foster when they care for older children but they still have to take time off work when the foster child is sick or has problems at school. What would you do if the foster child was excluded from school?
Some employers are fostering friendly such as Tesco and they will allow time off to undertake fostering activities.
Talk to us about your plans and we can use our experience to help you decide if this will work for the foster child and you.