Fostering is a pressing need in most communities. All over the country there are agencies such as Capstone who are looking for carers for children and young people. Fostering is a very worthwhile commitment which can be beneficial to all parties. People in all different circumstances decide to foster, here are just a few reasons why people take on the responsibility.
Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
There are various different types of foster care from Emergency Foster Care takes place when a child needs a placement immediately due to concerns for their safety, Respite Care is for short-term solutions during parents’ or full time carers’ holidays, whereas Specialist Foster Carers look after young people with challenging behaviour. Fostering provides care to children and young people who need it the most and affords them a caring, loving home where that may previously being unavailable to them.
Add to Family
Some parents feel they are providing a loving stable home to their own child or children and want to give the same to a young person who has not been so fortunate. If you are considering adding to your family by fostering you need to consider everyone in the household. The benefits of members of the family can be great – kids will learn empathy and develop their understanding of backgrounds of different people – but it can also be a difficult adjustment for some children.
Want to Start a Family
A couple or single person may feel they can provide a much-needed loving home for a child or young person who desperately needs one. People in all kinds of circumstances take up fostering including single people, same-sex couples and people of a variety of nationalities. Fostering may be the perfect solution for parents who are unable to have their own children.
To Fill an Empty Nest
Often, parents who have raised children who have since grown up and moved out want another opportunity to provide care for young people. A home can feel an empty lonely place once the kids have gone off to university or moved out permanently and fostering can fill that void nicely whilst giving the chance for a young person to have a loving family and stable home.
To Give Something Back to a Community
Tens of thousands of children are in need of private or public fostering arrangements every year. It is a vital need in most communities which are met by people who are generous with their homes, care and guidance. Fostering in needed in virtually all communities, this is why foster agencies always want to attract a diverse selection of foster carers.
Would you foster a child? Have you considered fostering and have worries? I’d love to hear your views on the topic!
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