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?