Why You Should Be a Foster Carer

Being a foster carer is hard work and can be incredibly challenging at times – but you can be rewarded one hundred times over. Not only will you have the opportunity to make a positive difference to a child’s life but also your own.

Positive Happy Lives

With the right help and support even the most difficult and vulnerable child has the potential to live a positive, happy life in the future. There isn’t one single type of person who makes a good foster carer. Foster services need a really wide range and diverse group of people to ensure they are meeting the needs of the children who are going into foster care. Children have often experienced trauma of one kind or another and can therefore present with very complex needs.

It is important that there are foster carers available from a wide range of backgrounds to suit individual children. Many people still believe that typical foster parents are older married couples whose own children have flown the nest – but this is not so. Many foster parents are gay, single or divorced people.

Challenges Ahead

There are no upper age limits to becoming a foster carer but it is important that you have enough life experience and physical and mental strength to deal with the demands of a foster child. A network of support is important, for example friends and family as well as organisations, such as capstonefostercare.co.uk.

This support will prove invaluable in helping you to provide the best care for your foster child. All children will test you to your limits as you are tasked with helping them in their journey to adulthood. A foster child will push even those boundaries as they are not just developing and growing into adults but often have to deal with emotional baggage they bring with them.

Practical Skills

One of the best ways to support children through trauma is to be able to understand where they are coming from and this is where it is so important that foster carers come from a range of backgrounds, for example different sexes, ages and ethnicities.

However it isn’t just the emotional baggage and hormones for which foster carers need to provide support. Foster children will often need lots of practical help in order to best prepare them for adult life; for example, skills such as budget management, cooking and domestic tasks. This will help prepare the children for life in the adult world and could mean the difference between a child being successful or not.

If someone is not able to cope with the demands of life, they are much more likely to fall into negative lifestyles which could lead to crime. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to be some kind of superhero to be a good foster carer. You probably already have the experience and life skills needed and can always draw on your extended network of support.

Organisations such as www.capstonefostercare.co.uk will be able to provide you with any additional support needed.

Tom Loves blogging about Family, TV and entertainment.

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