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What it takes to be a Foster Carer

As a Foster Carer you would:

  • provide a good standard of care for children (this will involve promoting their health, education and leisure interests)
  • listen and communicate with children in a way that is appropriate for their age and understanding
  • help the child keep in contact with and nuture their relationships with their friends and family as appropriate
  • set appropriate boundaries and manage children’s behaviour without the use of physical punishment or other unreasonable discipline methods
  • ensure the child is cared for in an environment where they are safe from harm and abuse
  • work as part of a team with the child’s Care Team which will include the child or young person, their family, Caseworker,  Teacher and other professionals.

If you are thinking about becoming a Foster Carer you need to ask yourself these questions. Are you:

  • warm, positive and nurturing?
  • patient and understanding?
  • caring and committed?
  • flexible but also capable of setting clear boundaries?
  • emotionally resilient?
  • open and honest in communication?
  • prepared to share responsibility for the care and development of children?
  • constructive criticism?
  • a good listener?
  • solution focused?