Making a house a home

Archived: Posted February 27, 2013

Fostering homesIt’s amazing how after one or two weeks of being on holiday can make you miss home.

You’ll often hear people, freezing in poorly picked outfits of flip flops and t-shirts, huddled around baggage claim muttering how they can’t wait to get home to put the kettle on.

And it’s funny, isn’t it, that we wait all year round to go on holiday only to tell friends and family 7 or 14 days later that we’re “glad to be back home”?

But what makes us do that?

Familiarity. Routine. Home.

When you walk through your front door and know exactly where the kettle is, the teaspoons, the teabags and the sugar. Like so many things in life, it’s these simple things that make all the difference.

So put yourself in the shoes of a young person who has been placed into a new home; maybe feeling like an intruder and having to get used to new surroundings, new food, new smells, new people. It’s a lot to take in – even for an adult.

We expect a lot from our foster carers. It’s not just about having a spare bedroom, being flexible and having time to commit. It’s about being the type of person who can make a child – who is probably scared, maybe feeling alone and completely out of their comfort zone – feel not just welcome, but at home.

Yes, we expect a lot. But it’s the least any child or young person deserves. And we know from our experience of working with thousands of brilliant fosters carers across the UK, that it’s people – not bricks and mortar – that make a house a home.

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Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

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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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