Think family this Foster Care Fortnight (1-14 June)

Archived: Posted June 3, 2015

Many young people whose lives are disrupted by family breakdown face further challenges in finding secure alternative care. So this Foster Care Fortnight (1-14 June) we’re sending out a special appeal for potential new foster carers, particularly those living in the Midlands, who would consider taking on these young people as part of our step-down fostering scheme – an alternative to being placed in residential care.

Therapy-ServiceWe believe that every child and young person deserves to live as part of a family; step-down fostering gives young people who are either in residential care already, or are at risk of entering a care home,  the chance to live in a stable, nurturing foster family placement.

Working closely with local authorities, the scheme gives children and young people with a history of placement breakdowns a second chance at family life.

Norma Etherington from Droitwich, Worcestershire has been opening up her family home to looked after children for 34 years now, and was one of the first of our foster carers to be trained in our specialist step-down placement scheme. She said: “I’ve been fostering for a long time and I knew a step-down placement was something I could do. Like with any fostering placement, it’s about making the right match between child and carer, and when I met my first young person on the programme I knew right away that it would work. They very quickly became part of the family. After having spent such a long time in residential units, these children are looking at families from the outside, like looking through a window and they so deserve to be part of one.”

“It doesn’t matter what job you do or what sort of house you live in, if you think you have the time to give to a child that’s the main thing. I think talking honestly to the child is the most important thing. They are very grounded as a result and have a realistic view of the world.” You can read more of Norma’s story here.

Roy Murray, manager of our Midlands region, said: “We’ve been working with vulnerable children for 21 years and our experience shows that one-to-one support in a family setting is the best way to help these children 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.”

For more information on becoming a foster carer with Foster Care Associates or about our specialist step-down placements scheme, please get in touch.

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