Will fostering affect your children?
Fostering involves the whole family and when you foster, your children foster too.
Living within a fostering family can teach children vital life skills, such as patience and empathy, and many children who grow up in a fostering household go on to become foster carers themselves. However, some children can find it difficult to share their belongings or say goodbye when a placement comes to an end.
That’s why we created Speak Out Loud, a toolkit designed to help your own children prepare for fostering. It will encourage them to voice their opinions, act out typical fostering scenarios and imagine for themselves how fostering might affect their lives.
But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll invite your children to attend all the social events and fun activities we provide for young people. They can also participate in our children’s council, giving them an opportunity to voice their opinions and influence how we do things.
We recognise that your own children’s wellbeing will always be paramount and we’ll work closely with you to ensure an appropriate match between a foster child and your own family. We also operate a safe care policy to ensure that all members of your family are kept safe.
Find out more
It can be helpful for your children to talk to and hear the experiences of other children who have fostered. If you’d like us to put you in touch with one of our fostering families or simply want to chat about becoming a carer, please call us on 0800 077 8159 or fill in our online enquiry form.