Thinking About Fostering?
Here are some of the qualities that might help you to succeed. Don’t worry if you don’t say yes to all the points, but they may help you decide if you’re ready to move forward.
- I enjoy living or working with children and young people
- I am very honest with others and myself
- I have a good sense of humour
- I am resilient and will see things through, even when the going gets tough
- I have an ability to stand back and reflect, rather than always rush in
- I like working as part of a team
- I think my expectations are realistic
- I’ve had a few knocks in life, but have survived!
- I don’t have any major unresolved issues in my life
- Home is clean and comfortable and there is a spare bedroom for the incoming child
- I can drive and have a reliable car
- I have a good network of folk around me to provide encouragement and support
- I am in good emotional and physical health
- The thought of temper tantrums, swearing, mood swings, loud music, defiance, the joys of adolescence and a lot more doesn’t put me off!
- If I have a partner, or other people in my household, they are on board
How do past experiences affect children?
Each child will express their feelings differently, but many children become distrustful of adults because of their past experiences with them. Children may feel unwanted and unloved and fostercarers need a great deal of patience and flexibility to help children build their self esteem and to help them make sense of their past.
If, after reading this page, you still need any help or advice in deciding whether or not fostering is for you, or if you’re absolutely certain that you want to proceed, please do contact us. After your enquiry we will begin the application process
Other things to consider…
You cannot expect to manage a full time job and be a foster carer – you simply won’t have the time or the energy! A spare bedroom for the incoming child or young person will be vital to ensure that they will have their own space and privacy.
Our part of the deal
Telling it straight
At FP2 we give you an honest picture of the likely experience in caring for what will be a very challenging and troubled child. Of course we want to encourage you as a potential foster carer, but equally we don’t want to set you up for failure. Learn More
In this section
We contacted FP2 in early 2012 to enquire about becoming Foster Carers. Since that first phone call we have been very impressed with their level of professionalism and efficiency. We were led step by step through the evaluation and approval process up to going to panel. if we had any difficult questions they were answered with dignity and a non-judgemental attitude. Since being approved we have continued to find FP2 a pleasure to work with.Della
Working with FP2 has been great, all the way through our application to approval to placement..ourKara
supporting social working has been amazing and so has everyone else in the team. They are on-hand 24/7 for any questions, problems or emergencies and
always go beyond our expectations and as a result we feel confident and supported in our role as foster carers.
“Since being approved in June 2012 we have received high quality, professional and extensive support available on 24 hour basis from FP2. We were allocated a Supervising Social Worker at the beginning, who remained with us throughout the application and approval process which has been great for building working relationships. FP2 offer an excellent and progressive training programme so we can become the best foster carers we can be and our monthly supervision sessions have identified individual training courses that lead to recognised qualifications. We have found the support groups extremely helpful as they enable us all to share our experiences and learn from each other, we love being part of the ever growing family that is FP2’Jan
Being a Foster Carer for Fostering People Too. There are highs and lows, it is testing, frustrating, challenging but above all rewarding, when you watch a child placed in your care, blossom into the children that they deserve to be. Working for the Agency with their generous never ending support, all of the above are celebrated or we are encouraged to push on and face the never ending challenges that come our way, especially when the going gets tough. Tomorrow is always another day. The on going support groups and training sessions are invaluable and help us to understand the children placed in our care and where they have come from. The friendships that are formed with other Carers, bonded together by one goal, The Children.Denise
Fostering People Too are so supportive of both carers and children they place that it is like we are all part of one big family 🙂 They go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble, whatever time of day or night. It’s wonderful to have a SSW who anticipates what I and my family need before I do!Barbara