Building Support for Birth Children

Archived: Posted December 15, 2014

At FCA, we believe that birth children play a vital role in fostering. That’s why we’re committed to offering them the support they need to get the most out of their fostering journey.

We include birth children in all our family events and activities. In fact, we even organise special support groups just for them where they can meet other children who foster and chat about any worries or difficulties they may be facing.

The groups offer a safe and supportive environment where children can bond with one another, make new friends and have their say on issues affecting them.

In Northern Ireland, our student social worker Kathryn organises regular groups for birth children where they can enjoy a range of fun activities including decorating t-shirts and baking biscuits. They are also encouraged to get involved with making decisions and have recently created a brochure to support birth children who are just setting out on their fostering journey.

“The group is a great opportunity for local birth children to get together to have a chat about their fostering role,” says Kathryn. “We have lots of exciting things going on and we look forward to getting together again after Christmas.”

Ashely is fourteen and attends a local support group. “It’s great to meet other people in the same boat,” he says. “You share feelings about fostering – it’s good to speak to somebody who is also doing it because your friends at school wouldn’t really know what you’re talking about.”

Would you like to know more about the support we offer to birth children? Find out how fostering will affect your family.

 

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Call us on 0800 023 4561 (lines open Monday - Thurs: 9am - 7pm, Fri: 9am - 6pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

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