Make A Difference In A Child’s Life By Being A Foster Carer
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Make A Difference In A Child’s Life By Being A Foster Carer

January 25, 2019

The fostering network in the UK is continuously looking for people to get involved. There are many reasons why children need to be taken from their birth environment to get a fair chance at a good upbringing. Foster carers, along with social workers play an important role.

How does one go about becoming a foster carer? It starts with empathy and enthusiasm. The positive impact you can have on someone’s life is a good incentive enough and the fostering system has also put in place a framework that will help you gain other benefits too.

Tahir Khan from Perpetual Fostering (https://perpetualfostering.co.uk/) says that the social worker is your go-to for questions about fostering. As your point of contact, social workers have the necessary resources to handle any questions you may have regarding fostering.

The Requirements To Become A Foster Carer

The prerequisites to give foster care are not very stringent. You need to be an adult (above 21 years of age), have a spare room in your home and have enough time in your daily routine to be able to attend to your fostering responsibilities. These flexible parameters have been created to include more potential foster carers into the network.

It is recommended that you use a fostering agency to go about the processes involved. There will be many tests and interviews and basic things like income and home environment need to be determined by the agency/local authority. You also need to be healthy enough to take up this responsibility so an NHS check-up is part of the application procedure. You will also be part of several training workshops as there are certain skills and communication techniques that need to be acquired. References may be needed too.

"Being foster parents, we have a lot of kids,but they just don’t all live with us.”

“Being foster parents, we have a lot of kids, but they just don’t all live with us.”

You are not alone once the foster period starts. There will be experts and social workers who will be on call when you need to reach out for some help. You will also receive your fair compensation for your role based on the specific case. Fostering agencies are known to offer higher compensation than their government counterparts.

The Difference You Can Make

For those who are still considering becoming foster caregivers, there are many wonderful reasons why you should do it. So what is the difference you can make to someone’s life by being a foster caregiver?

Thousands of children are in foster care each year in the UK. Without your protection, these young individuals will probably end up in a children’s home, exposed to more vulnerabilities that may add to their trauma. By providing a safe refuge to them, you give them a place which will help them shed their inhibitions and develop as a child should. This results in relationships that last a lifetime and the satisfaction of being someone’s beacon in the darkest of times is something that you will relish.

Foster Youth

by ijdwilson. 
From Visually.

We are all stakeholders in the community and it is in our hands how we shape the future generations. Education, health, and security are the rights of every child and as a foster carer, you can make this happen. Be the family they need.

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jake
    January 31, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I actually didn’t know 21 years old was the min age requirement, I always imagined it to be 30 or something or at least 25… or maybe I’m just basing it on my own age and my ability to foster a child. Anyhow, this is a great opportunity for couples who can’t conceive or choose to foster instead. This would help the child live a better life and open more doors for him or her.

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