It is Foster Care Fortnight and we are celebrating what makes people ‘proud to support fostering’!
Time for Children’s registered manager, Anita, has kindly given us some insight into fostering and why she is proud to support it…
“I have had a role in social work for 18 years and have seen first-hand the enormous impact fostering can have. Foster carers who provide a stable, safe and loving home environment where the children feel accepted as part of the family and gain a sense of belonging is, in my opinion, the best healing and therapy that can be provided.
If someone asked me ‘who needs fostering’, I would say it was children who are unable to be cared for by their birth or extended family. These children have often had very negative experiences and may have been subjected to neglect or abuse.
“I am proud to work in Fostering because I know how it can make a life-long difference to the children.”
I think that anyone can foster but you need to have the following, to be available (even during working hours) for the child, training or supervision, to be able to respond sensitively to how a child presents, to be patient and resilient and be willing to take advice and learn new skills.
When you contact our agency, you will speak with a Supervising Social Worker who will ask you some preliminary questions and explain the application process. We will carry out an initial assessment in your home where we consider your skills, attitude and experience of parenting or caring for children. Following this visit, with your consent, we will then carry out some necessary checks such as a DBS and arrange a full medical check. You will also be required to provide us with three referees to inform us on your suitability to foster. During this time, you will be asked to attend our three day ‘Skills to Foster’ course and a Supervising Social Worker will continue to visit you regularly to complete a detailed report which is presented to our Fostering Panel.
I am proud of all the carers at Time for Children who continue to dedicate so much time to providing the love and support that children require to thrive. This is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job, and you cannot phone in sick! They are all heroes.”