If you’re here, you may already be thinking about fostering. If you’re looking for some reasons why you should consider applying to become a carer, then you’ve come to the right place. Our carers tell us they love being a foster parent with Family Fostering Partners, here are the top 10 reasons they give for why you should foster.
1. It’s an extremely rewarding role
What could be more rewarding than knowing you’re making a huge difference to a child or young person’s life. Children who come under our care have often experienced trauma in their lives, this can include abuse and neglect. For these children, a foster home provides a fresh start for them to recover in a stable and happy home environment. With your guidance they can grow, develop and be nurtured in a loving family home.
2. Give back to your local community
If you want to make a positive contribution to your local area and community, fostering can be a great way to do that. Not only are you helping a child or young person who urgently needs care, but you are also giving a birth parent some time to recover, whether that’s from addiction, illness or another factor that was affecting their ability to care. Fostering allows a community to heal and ensures that all children can look forward to a brighter, happier future.
3. Enjoy a family life
Let’s be honest, some people just love a big family! Foster care is a great way to grow your family and be surrounded by lots of people. If you wish, you can be trained and approved to look after more than one foster child at once. You may even choose to foster siblings! Fostering is a great way to enjoy a family life with lots of loving and welcoming faces along the way, whether it’s a long-term placement or short.
4. Share your experience and knowledge with a child or young person
Our carers enjoy the satisfying nature of being able to share their knowledge, love and home with a child or young person. It can be extremely pleasing to watch as a child comes out of their shell, grows in confidence and develops new skills. You get to play an integral role in this process!
5. Enjoy the various challenges of being a parent
That being said, fostering is not always going to be smooth sailing. Some children will be processing traumatic events from their past and this can sometimes cause behavioural issues. As a foster parent, this is all part of the challenge! Your love and nurture will help them to recover and deal with some of the complex emotions they may be feeling.
6. Watch a young person grow, develop and blossom in your care
As with any parent, there is massive joy to be had in watching a young person grow into a teenager and beyond. You will be proud of their achievements and know that you played a massive role in their success. Seeing a vulnerable child turn into a confident, assured and successful young adult is an amazing thing to witness.
7. Learn new skills, make new friends and be part of a team
Becoming a foster parent means joining a large team of likeminded people. As an approved carer with Family Fostering Partners, you are part of our big foster care family. You will also be introduced to other foster parents who have similar experiences to you. It’s a great way to make new friends and feel a sense of belonging.
8. Be inspired by the children and young people who you care for
Our foster children really are inspirational! They bring so much to the foster families they live with and our carers love learning from them and sharing in their successes.
9. There is never a dull day
As many parents will know, there is never a dull day when children are involved. They are full of surprises and you can be sure that no two days will be the same. Fostering is an exciting adventure, buckle in for the ride!
10. Make amazing memories
Maybe best of all, you get to make tons of amazing memories that you will cherish for life.
Plus, whilst our carers do not choose to foster for the financial reward, we do provide our carers with a generous allowance package. This allows them to focus all their time and energy solely on fostering as a professional career. Find out more about the foster care allowance here.
Does fostering sound right for you? We’d love to hear from you. To find out more, speak to a friendly member of our team, give us a call on 03300 948816 or fill out the contact form below.