Kids going to university? Could this be the perfect time to consider becoming a foster carer?

Archived: Posted September 9, 2015

As parents across the UK prepare for their children to leave home and make their first steps towards independent living at university, becoming a foster carer could be the next natural transition once their own children have flown the nest.

This stage in life could be an ideal opportunity for many parents to consider fostering – turning what to many is a feeling of emptiness into a positive experience, whilst making a huge difference to a young person’s life.

Commonly known as empty-nest syndrome, it describes the mixed emotions experienced by many parents when their children leave home – either to go to university or to move into their first flat or house. With an estimated 8,370 new foster carers needed in 2015, we are keen to hear from experienced parents who may find that they now have the extra time and room to offer a secure and loving home to a young person in need.

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David Oldham, Foster Care Associates CEO, said: “Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding, something that parents of older teenagers have in spades, along with a wealth of life experience.

“Although some parents view their children leaving home as a liberating time, many find it hard to suddenly have no children at home who need their care, and have a difficult time adjusting to an empty house. This is why we’d urge people to consider fostering.”

Laura took the decision to become a foster carer with FCA after her son went to university two years ago. She said: “The house felt so much quieter once Luke left home, and also so much bigger. I was used to a house full of rampaging teenagers and then it suddenly stopped!

“I had a spare room, more time on my hands and was slightly better off financially so fostering seemed a natural progression from traditional parenthood. It enabled me to help other young people who, through no fault of their own, have not had the secure and loving background my own son Luke has had.

“Of course it has its challenges however I wouldn’t want it any other way now!”

David Oldham continues: “At FCA, we’ve been working with children and young people for 21 years and our experience shows that one-to-one support in a family setting is the best way to help children with a care background overcome their issues and deal with their past. Our team of social care professionals work closely with our foster carers to deliver intensive, holistic support tailored to the individual needs of each young person and carer.”

To learn more about what being a foster carer involves, please get in touch with us.

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