A heap of ironing. Old gift bags and crumpled wrapping paper. A stack of CDs from the early noughties you keep meaning to send to Music Magpie. And we’re not judging, but perhaps there’s some almost-new weights stacked up in the corner…
Sound like your spare room? Many of us have grand plans and pipe dreams for the blank slate that is the ‘guest room’. Perhaps that’s to transform it into a personal gym, library or games room. But more often than not, it becomes a dumping ground for clutter, things to organise and stuff that ‘might come in handy’.
Room for potential
You might hastily shut the door to your spare room when visitors come over. But did you know that space could be the best place in the world to a foster child? There aren’t many boxes you have to tick when we look for foster families. (For example, it doesn’t matter if you’re single or married, renting or own your home.) But one of the few things all our foster carers need to have is a spare room.
Lots of foster children have never had a bedroom of their own before. And your spare room could be the safe, private space they need to adjust to their new life and routines. Because some foster children have grown up in homes with few to no boundaries or rules, it can take time for them to adjust to living with a family that has these structures. Their bedroom can help them find their place in your family and understand these boundaries. That’s why it’s important you have a spare bedroom, and your foster child doesn’t just share a room with someone else in your family.
Helping a foster child settle into a loving family and seeing them thrive into a happy, healthy adult is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and generous things you can do.
Sons and Daughters Month: Celebrating the Children Who Foster
October 19 2021
As we celebrate the vital contribution the children of foster carers make, a birth son of one of FCA's foster parents shares his experience of what is was like to welcome a younger sibling group of 3 fostered children into his family.
A Fostering Poem
August 16 2021
One of our foster parents from Cymru has got creative and shared a lovely poem about her fostering journey...
#WithYou…this could be their summer
July 19 2021
All children and young people deserve a fun and happy summer making memories that will last a lifetime.
Foster Care Fortnight 2021 #WhyWeCare
May 21 2021
During Foster Care Fortnight 2021, our staff and foster parents have been sharing their reasons #WhyWeCare to showcase how foster care can transform the lives of children and young people.
FCA celebrates World Autism Awareness Day 2021
April 2 2021
This World Autism Awareness Day, at FCA we are shining a spotlight on our very own FCA team member, Rachel Griffin, whose daughter was diagnosed with Autism four years ago.