Fostering Charities; keeping vulnerable children in the communities they belong.

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Fostering Charities are recruiting foster carers to help meet children’s needs and keeping vulnerable children in the communities they belong. Not for Profit Fostering Charities need new Foster Carers to meet the expected demand for new additional fostering households; it is a demand that is causing real concern.

Coronavirus created a challenge, and we adjusted our lives to accommodate it. We’ve also realised that Coronavirus isn’t going away, and it left a trail of tragedy in its wake. Sadly, this means that more children in care are waiting longer for safe and loving homes. Also, austerity, a lack of support networks, and a cost-of-living crisis; mean more vulnerable children need safe and loving homes within the communities they live.

Fostering Charities; dedicated to keeping children local.

Fostering charities are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of foster carers they need to support vulnerable children. The highest demand is foster carers local to children and including older children & teenagers as they transition to independent living. They also need to recruit new foster carers to foster siblings and keep families together, and Mother & Baby foster carers.

Local Authorities and Fostering Charities need foster carers to provide emergency foster care. Usually, emergency foster care is needed for one day to a few weeks. Wherever possible, we would want children to be placed within their family network. However, if this is not possible, children move to short-term foster carers to match their needs. Hopefully, foster carers that live locally within the communities, they love and belong to.

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The biggest challenge is finding local foster homes.

The biggest challenge Local Authorities face is matching children with local foster carers. There is often a lack of foster carers available; children often move away, and siblings become separated. The trauma and sense of loss children feel as they lose family, friends, and school is immense. However, losing each other is heartbreaking. Especially to an older sibling who has played a parental role to protect younger siblings. They know no other life and have often missed a childhood of their own; separation from their role is profound. Sadly, there are more than 12000 children, currently in care, which do not live with at least one of their siblings.

Fostering Charities & Sibling foster carers keep families together.

Sibling foster carers usually have more than one spare bedroom. They also must have space in the home and their hearts for every child because every child matters. Finding time for every child is important; we need sibling foster carers to stop children from being separated. Whether they need emergency, short-term, or long-term care; the timescale is immaterial, siblings must stay together.

There is also a demand for foster carers to provide specialist care. These include Step Down foster care, Therapeutic foster care and helping unaccompanied asylum-seeking children settle into communities. Specialists foster carers also support children who may have complex needs. These children may have behavioural issues and need specialist 1:1 support, and this support is vital; especially to a child who has lived with child abuse or faced bereavement. These children need safe and loving homes they feel they belong; with foster carers and their families who understand.

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Respite foster care is a welcome break when needed most.

Respite foster carers are a lifeline for many carers and their children; offering a welcome break when needed most. These foster carers are highly experienced in caring for children. However, currently, they are unable to commit to full-time foster care. Often respite foster carers become full-time foster carers, respite care enables them to gain experience in foster care. It’s a sensible way to become a foster care, after all, it’s a huge commitment. But for now, they know they are providing a much-needed service. More importantly, respite foster care fits in with their lives now and their family commitments.

Also, regular respite with the same foster carers is important for vulnerable children who ‘don’t do’ change. These children need familiarity, they need consistent care and over time, they form relationships with their respite carers. These children look forward to respite care as much as their carers look forward to a welcome break. More importantly, foster carers go away with peace of mind; knowing their child or children are happy. And as any parent knows, that feeling is priceless.

Fostering Charities and Mother & Baby foster carers are a helping hand when it’s needed most.

Mother & Baby foster carers support mums and babies who may need a little additional support. It is a specialist type of foster care and usually lasts over twelve weeks. Therefore Mother & Baby foster carers must commit themselves to being available throughout this time. Often, young mums may not have had strong parental influences as they grew up. Motherhood may not come natural to them. Many young mums, especially those that lived in the care system feel they are being judged. These vulnerable Mums need support to help them understand the feelings of motherhood; embracing the changes they feel towards themselves, and their babies.

Not for Profit charities support Mums and their babies to stay together; Mother & Baby foster carers need 24/7 local support. And this support is why Verve CIC recruits foster carers for the Not-for-Profit sector; because the training and support they offer are outstanding. We know, that regardless of whatever qualifications you have, without support, Mums and babies will struggle. Mother & Baby foster carers are the difference between families staying together, or not. Therefore, the practical and emotional advice and support; given to a Mum who needs a helping hand when it’s needed most, is priceless.

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Are you an existing foster carer thinking about transferring?

If you are a foster carer considering transferring or were a foster carer thinking about returning to fostering with a Not-for-Profit fostering agency or Charity, please get in touch. We will happily support you with free of charge advice and support to enable you to decide about transferring; connecting you with a charity or organisation we feel matches your needs.

Verve CIC offers advice and clarity on the fostering role; helping you to understand the needs and types of foster carers and children within your community. It doesn’t matter if you are single or married, in a relationship, or gay. What matters is that you have time to dedicate to children and make them feel safe and loved; no matter how long they need you.

You will need a spare bedroom, more if you can support siblings, and are passionate about giving every child equal opportunity in life. There are few roles as challenging as foster care; however, there are few as rewarding. To find out more about foster care and the needs of vulnerable children in your community; contact us on the form below. It’s free and there’s no commitment, just honest advice; the Verve way.

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Can you foster?The most in-demand types of foster care are Sibling foster carers & Mother & Baby foster carers to keep families together.