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Foster care is the difference vulnerable children need; it is a profession like no other, and it’s not for the faint-hearted; it’s for the determined.
Many people with a genuine desire to foster have a plan. Firstly, they decide to find out more about fostering. Secondly, they find the right agency/ charity/ local authority they feel is ‘the one’ for them. Finally, they stay motivated and do what they set out to do; they fulfil their dream and become approved foster carers.
The motivation to foster is determined by a desire to make a difference.
For these foster carers, the most important thing is deciding on the right Fostering Agency they feel ‘matched’ to. Their determination to make a difference in children’s lives is their ‘motivation to foster;’ subsequently, they focus on doing what they set out to do.
I know many foster carers who say they knew straight away when they found the right agency for them.’ Furthermore, many foster carers often say, ‘Knowing what I know now; I would do it all again. However, this time around, I wouldn’t wait; I’d do it again in a heartbeat.’
Sadly, there is a significant shortage of foster carers with a genuine desire and determination to be the difference children need. However, thankfully, motivation to making a difference determined many foster carers; but, more children are waiting for safe and loving homes. We need more foster carers.
The pathway to foster care is often not straightforward.
The pathway to becoming a foster carer is not straightforward; but, how many of us can say we have had a straightforward life?
Life’s twists and turns are complicated; however, in foster care, how we deal with these challenges become a part of our experience and knowledge, which subsequently; help us guide vulnerable children.
Life skills, the ability to care, love and empathise with children are skills that Not for Profit Social workers look for. Consequently, strong fostering partnerships begin when they realise you have the skills and experience that vulnerable children need.
These Social workers know what vulnerable children need. They also know the increasing number of referrals for children needing foster care, and sadly, this number is larger than the number of foster carers they have.
Recruiting foster carers is not a straightforward process because Charities need to ‘match’ foster carers to meet the needs of vulnerable children. Therefore, if your Not for Profit Charity or agency requests you apply with them; it’s because they have seen something in you that tells them; with training and support, you are ‘the one’ to make a difference; consequently, they need you.
Foster care, the difference is about ‘matching.’
Recruiting foster carers is difficult. Many people who begin their fostering journey often ‘drop out’ for many reasons. Sometimes, they realise the time isn’t right for them, so they decide to wait. Others realise that there may never be a right time, and therefore, they go for it and explore the options.
People often feel the charity or agency isn’t the match they were looking for after speaking together. So, they find the one that is, and hopefully, they don’t give up. Sadly, many do.
It is crucial for ‘Not for Profit Charities’ to ‘match you’ with the right Social Worker for you. Typically, it is not unusual that the Social worker ‘matched’ with you stays with you throughout your fostering career. These Social workers know that matching with you will ultimately enable you together to make a vast difference to even more vulnerable children’s lives.
Matching is important, and matching you, as a foster carer, with the right foster child is vital. Therefore, taking time to find ‘the right match’ is important; sadly, there are now even more reasons why children are not living with their families…
Dire Poverty is driving more children into care.
Child Poverty, to me, should never be a reason for families splitting up and children going into care. It’s shameful and wrong, and for me, it shows a broken system that needs fixing; quick.
A recent article states; Dire poverty is ‘driving many more children into care.’ Furthermore, “Shameful” poverty levels drive a dramatic rise in child protection intervention and subsequently, the number of children in care.’
Maybe, if we spent less money on children placed in private Residential Children’s Homes, money would be available to alleviate poverty? Then we would have preventative support measures which vulnerable families and children need to stop them from going into poverty?
Also, perhaps then we can get rid of a new label of poverty as a cause of children going into care?
The article argues the “dysfunctional market” for children’s residential care; must be, ‘dismantled or radically overhauled.’ It also goes on to say ‘profit-making eliminated or capped’. I prefer the statement, ‘profit-making eliminated’, Hence why Verve recruits foster carers for Not for Profit Charities.
Even more alarming is that according to another article, the BBC wrote, ‘the BBC reveals Child Poverty cash not spent‘ over a year ago https://ververecruitment.org/child-poverty-cash-handed-back-to-europe-unspent/.
Strangely enough, our Government never spent the money; they handed it back…
Foster care; the difference vulnerable children need.
Not for Profit Charities focus on the needs of children and their families. More importantly, they have provided support networks to families and children for generations. Also, unlike many agencies, they have local support networks, not call centres, and they give you 24/7 support; when you and the children need it most.
The pandemic and poverty provide reasons why vulnerable children need foster carers now, more than ever before. Therefore, if you have ever thought about fostering; or had fostered before and left, please get in touch.
I recently recruited a former foster carer successfully; she was approved with a Not for Profit I matched her to. I knew immediately when I spoke with her the right Not for Profit for her. It was Caritas Care in Preston, and subsequently, she spoke with them and asked to apply with them. This is what she had to say about Verve…
“Having fostered young people previously as part of a couple, I knew it’s what I did. And I needed to again, but as a single parent; I also knew what I wanted from a fostering agency and what I didn’t.’
‘I contacted Verve, and I discussed things, and Val recommended a charity based agency. After a lot of hurdles, I finally got approved again. Not all agencies are the same, and it’s about finding the one most suitable for you and your needs, which is what Val at Verve has done xxx “
Verve match you with a ‘Not for Profit Charity that is right for you.
Verve is the change-makers in Foster Care Recruitment. We recruit foster carers for Not for Profit’s because we have a shared ethos. Also, we aim to recruit more foster carers with Charities for Local Authorities to place children with Not for Profit’s and thus; reduce the numbers of foster carers with expensive IFA’s.
Verve aims to create strong fostering partnerships with Not for Profit Charities from the start. We match you and Not for Profit Fostering Charities together, and subsequently, with the right team behind you, you will match with vulnerable children and, together, be the difference they need.
Verve, we give back by creating campaigns for Not for Profit charities.
Recently, I started a campaign, ‘Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Appeal.’ The appeal aims to recruit kind-hearted people to make Bereavement Blankets, hearts, and teddies for a local hospital, the Salford Royal NHS Trust and the Swan Bereavement Team.
Me and fostering Ambassador Yvonne Simms delivered Bereavement blankets recently to the Swan team. Sadly, however, these blankets go quickly. It is not to say there are more deaths; it is because counsellors will give blankets and comforters of knitted hearts and teddies to children who have suffered bereavement, grief and loss through Covid.
Yvonne runs the Salford Food Parcels Charity in Salford. Yvonne knows only too well the numbers of families needing food parcels due to poverty; she also knows the numbers of families struggling to keep their babies warm due to lockdowns.
Together, Yvonne and I created the ‘Knitting for Babies Appeal’ and the ‘Emergency Food Parcels Appeal’. Thankfully, these appeals led us to the Ladies who Knit coming together; and the kindness of strangers who want to make a difference to vulnerable children and families is impressive.
Can you be the Difference that children need?
Sadly, the pandemic and poverty are now why many vulnerable children will need foster carers. Therefore, more than ever before, we need to recruit. If you had ever thought about fostering or had fostered before and left, or maybe you are a foster carer who may be thinking about transferring to a Not for Profit, please get in touch.
If you want to learn more about Verve, who we are, and who we do it with, please send me your details on the form below. We will call you in the evening or at weekends if that works for you? There’s no commitment, just clarity on the fostering role and information to help you decide if the time is right to foster.
Today’s world is challenging, and we know that COVID is making life hard for everyone, especially vulnerable children. Can you foster?
Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable children.