Are you thinking of fostering?
If you’re thinking about fostering, it’s natural that you may have some concerns and questions about becoming a foster carer. At Foster for Staffordshire, we think that you should consume as much information as possible to help inform your decision, and we’d like to help.
Questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about fostering
If you’re considering starting the process to become a foster carer, there are some questions you should ask yourself before and during the process.
Do you have a strong support system?
Fostering a child can become difficult at times, so it’s important that you have a strong support network surrounding you. This could be your family or a close friend, but you need to talk to people that you’re close with to share how you feel.
If you feel like you don’t have someone to talk to during your fostering journey, then there are support groups available at Foster for Staffordshire with like-minded people, who support and care about one another and all new foster carers also have an experienced foster carer as a mentor.
Are you a patient person?
If you’re thinking about fostering a young person, then you’ll have to be extremely patient.
Fostering can be very rewarding, knowing that you’re making a difference to a young person’s life, however you do have to be extremely patient as it takes time to build trust and a relationship with a young person.
Are you an excellent communicator?
One of the keys to being a successful foster carer, is mastering the art of communication.
Some children have had a tough time in the past, and need to develop positive relationships and trust with their foster carers to help prepare them for the world once they are adults - and you’ll play a large part in building them back up.
Young children therefore need a foster carer that they feel comfortable around, and they can talk to.
Are you willing to say goodbye?
Being a foster carer is not permanent. One day, your foster child might move on or return home.
Despite a permanent solution being what you want for the child you are caring for, you will build up an attachment with them during your time together, and it will be difficult for you both to say goodbye.
The relationship between yourself and your foster child will have been an essential part of their journey to adulthood and independence, and the time living with you could be the first time they’ve been able to place their trust in someone.
Saying goodbye is all part of the process and the young person’s development, however it will be extremely difficult and something that you have to think about before venturing down your own fostering path.
Have you talked to your children about you fostering?
If you’ve already got children of your own, it’s important to listen to their opinion and thoughts before fostering a young person.
They may be excited about the prospect of having another young person living with you, or they may not be as excited, but we don’t know unless we ask their thoughts.
With Foster for Staffordshire, we ensure that all of our foster carers have a spare bedroom so your children don’t have to share rooms, so that everyone has a private space in your home.
Foster with Foster for Staffordshire
If you are based in Staffordshire and interested in becoming a foster carer, then look no further than your local authority fostering agency, Foster for Staffordshire.
Even during these difficult times we still need to continue to recruit foster carers but we will be having to do lots of our assessment work at a distance using Teams, telephone conversations and on-line training rather than face to face. But together we will get through this and we will continue to support children across Staffordshire.
Where are foster carers needed in Staffordshire?
Join our fostering family and we'll provide you with all the training and support you need so you can concentrate on caring for our children.
With over 1,200 children in care there is an urgent need for more families to join us. Did you know that all the children who need to be fostered are in the care of the local authority and we always prioritise placing children with our own foster carers first before contacting private fostering agencies.
Reasons to foster for Staffordshire County Council
As a Staffordshire Foster Carer you are never on your own. You have your own dedicated Fostering social worker and an experienced foster carer as a mentor. We also offer;
- We support our foster carers financially with weekly payments to help support you and your foster child.
- Support groups and training in your local area
- Regular events for you, your foster child and your own birth children
- 24/7 out of hours support line
- Staffordshire County Council does not make any profit from fostering, unlike some private fostering agencies that run as businesses to maximise return on investment for their shareholders.
Who are we looking for?
All our children are different; different ages, genders, ethnicities and personalities. But they all have one thing in common. They need stability, consistency, and a loving family environment so they can develop and grow.
There is no such thing as a typical foster carer, we need people from all sorts of different backgrounds to care for children from birth up to 18 years. We always have a particular need for foster carers for older children and larger sibling groups.
Fostering with Staffordshire is flexible and there are so many different types of fostering we are confident you'll find one which suits your family commitments and personal circumstances.
What do I need to foster in Staffordshire?
- A spare bedroom
- A stable and loving family home
- A sense of humour and lots of patience
- Free time to be able to attend meetings and training
- An ability to work with a wide range of professionals
- Be open and honest during the assessment process and on-going
- Offer advice and support to every child and nurture their skills
Thinking about taking the next fostering step?
Enquire online now or call 0800 169 2061 today and we’ll help answer your questions about fostering.
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