Becoming a foster carer is about much more than adding a new member to the family. Each situation is unique since all foster children and foster families are different. Many foster families and carers share common experiences, with their lives changing in different ways depending on several factors. Here are some ways becoming a foster carer will change you and your family.
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Being a foster carer is a full-time commitment with many things to do to ensure you provide foster children with a home and family where they will feel loved, wanted and welcome. As a foster carer, you will be responsible for ensuring they get to and from school on time and take them to the doctor, to appointments, and to visit their birth parents. Transportation needs will vary with each foster child, and you will have to find ways to manage your time so that everything goes smoothly.
Additionally, you will have to set some time aside to spend with your foster children. They need your attention and to know you are there for them. You will also have to set aside time for things like creating routines and ensuring everyone goes to bed and wakes up at the right time.
Everyone in your family should agree to be part of a foster family because it will impact them, too. If you already have children, being part of a foster family will teach them selflessness, empathy and kindness. They might also be required to sacrifice some of their time as the occasion demands. As a foster carer, you will also need to take time to relax and recharge and find ways to provide a balanced, healthy and positive home environment for everyone.
Home inspections are part of a standard fostering process. As part of your assessment, a member of your chosen fostering agency, such as thefca.co.uk, will walk through the home to ensure it is safe. They can check many things, including fire and water safety, ensuring no hazards could cause falls or injuries and an overall overview to ensure all dangerous items are inaccessible to foster children.
The assessor might also recommend some changes to make your home much safer. If you have any questions, your agency will usually always have someone standing by whether you contact them through email, live chat or telephone.
Fostering is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience, especially when you understand that you are providing a safe, welcoming and loving home to someone who might not have access to such a home. It is also fulfilling to see foster children grow, transform and find ways to improve their lives.