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Our staff have years of experience working in fostering across Wales, which means that we have come across our fair share of fostering myths! We will be taking the next few weeks to list some of the most common myths and misconceptions about fostering, which we hope might help more people rule themselves in, instead of out, of fostering.
Many people still believe that fostering is only about offering short term care for children, and that adoption is the only route open to families who want to nurture and look after a child from their infancy into adulthood. This could not be further from the truth. At Family Fostering Partners, most of our young people live with their foster families until they are ready to live independently, but unlike adopters, Foster Parents have access to the important added benefit of continual learning, training, and emotional and financial support.
Similarly, some of you who routinely follow us on social media, may have seen our message that sometime, fostering isn’t just about caring for children. There is a growing need across Wales for parent and child placements, where mothers/fathers, or both mothers and fathers, can live in foster homes and learn in a safe environment how to meet the needs of their new-born babies. These carers work tirelessly to make sure that parents aquire the skills necessary to care safely for their new born child.
We will include many more Myths and Facts about fostering over the next few weeks and if you have any specic recommendations or ideas about what we could include, why not drop us a message on Social Media or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to hear from you!
More information on different types of fostering placements can be found HERE.
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