Fostering; Can you open your heart to fostering?

Can you open your heart to fostering a child in care with a Not for Profit fostering charity? Sadly, there is a massive demand for foster carers; however, the number of children waiting for foster carers is greater than the number of foster carers we have.

It doesn’t matter if you are a single person or married/ in a relationship or own your home or live in a rented property is not important; what you need to have is time.

We need people dedicated to changing children’s lives; whilst giving children a sense of belonging and a secure future within a safe and loving home. 

What skills do I need for fostering?

You would need a spare bedroom to be over 21 years of age and in good health. Patience, kindness, and time to devote to a vulnerable child who may have suffered trauma in their life are essential. However, most importantly, you will need to open your heart to fostering a child and committing yourself to them, no matter how long they will need you.

Sadly, many children in care often feel ‘let down’; however, experience shows that children will flourish with the consistency of care, patience, kindness, and love of foster carers.

Children need to feel valued within your family and have a sense of belonging with you, ultimately allowing children to be what they are; children.

Verve opened its heart to vulnerable children in care.

Verve recruits foster carers for Not for Profit Charities; we know the climate we live in is challenging, especially for vulnerable children in care. More importantly, we know the challenges many children in care face without foster carers, especially older children and siblings; they need foster carers now, more than ever before.

I opened my heart to vulnerable children in foster care after working with an IFA in recruitment; I know of the vast profit’s made from vulnerable children and disagree with it.

Also, I know that recruiting foster carers is not easy; the recruitment process puts people off, so I started Verve. I knew there was a better way of recruiting foster carers because we have to listen to what people want rather than dictate.

Verve screen in, rather than screen out.

Too often, people with skills and experience in caring for children felt they were screened out rather than screened-in; subsequently, children lost these fantastic potential foster carers to children who needed them. More importantly, we crushed many people’s long-held fostering dreams.

They give up because they didn’t feel valued and couldn’t get their voices heard; these are precisely the type of people children need. We need foster carers to enable children and young people to get their voices heard too.

Verve offers you clarity on the fostering role and explains the criteria for fostering in a sector we chose because we have a shared ethos, the Not for Profit sector.

Verve; fostering partnerships with the Not for Profit sector.

Not for Profit Charities need foster carers to help them continue their outstanding support for vulnerable children in their community.

The Charities are often part of our communities’ fabric, seamlessly offering support when it’s needed most. However, like many great organisations, they are only as good as the people in them; for Charities to be effective, they need foster carers with a shared ethos.

Not for Profit Charities need foster carers who will stay the pace and never give up on children; because children are waiting. They need more foster carers now than ever before; sadly, the number of children waiting for them grows, yet the number of new foster carers decreases.

We need people who can open their hearts to fostering and stay the pace, so if you have thought about fostering and want to know more, get in touch, please.

Can you open your heart to fostering a child in care?

Foster carers and their Charities have a shared ethos.

Many “Not for Profit” Fostering charities do not have vast numbers of Foster carers. They have smaller numbers of foster carers who have outstanding skills in caring for children. More importantly, they have foster carers with skills, kindness, compassion and time to dedicate to children when they are vulnerable. 

The foster carers who represent charities are valued partners in the foster team because they of a shared ethos; they share similar values, and as a result, strong fostering partnerships develop.

Not for Profit Charities, support you every step of the way.

To achieve these strong fostering partnerships, Verve will partner with you and Not for Profit charities that we feel match each other; because we know how vital foster carers are. To do what you have to do, you have to be supported every step of the way; without support, you can’t do what is needed for these children.

So, we take our time, and we match you with the right Charity for you and make sure you get all the support you need. Ultimately, we need children to open their hearts to you because children often have their faith and trust abused; subsequently, they need to learn to trust again.

To do this, we need to match children with the right foster carers; we do this by establishing strong fostering partnerships. And, like most things in life that are important, we don’t rush the process.

We take time to get to know each other; because we know that this is when we are most effective; ultimately, we will make a more significant difference in the lives of children.

Children need to stay local to their own community.

Not for Profit charities aim to keep children within their community. Children need to be kept in their community, stay at their schools and be near family and friends; however, there are not enough foster carers for this to happen.

Sadly, many children in sibling groups are separated, and once this happens, the likelihood of reuniting them is slim.

Children are often sent to foster carers away from their community; sometimes, they are not even in the same county or even country. How must it feel to be a child alone, away from everything they know as normal and now totally dependent on foster carers they don’t know?

Therefore, we need to recruit foster carers to work together with Charities and keep children local. Furthermore, if we have more foster carers, then Local Authorities don’t need to use expensive foster carers from Independent Fostering Agencies; saving money possibly for more support services?.

As a result, more local foster carers with Charities means children stay local and keep family connections. More importantly, children hold a sense of belonging from the community from which they were born; and to who, as children do, have opened their hearts to and, consequently, where they feel loved.

Verve, creating engaging campaigns for the Not for Profit charities.

Verve is the change-makers in fostering recruitment. It’s true, we listen, but we never give up trying to find outstanding foster carers for Charities; we also have a heart that is open to our community.

Verve Ambassadors and I are ladies who care and create articles and campaigns to highlight local charities that provide additional support networks for vulnerable people and their families. We care because we know that life is hard for many families; there is help available; however, you need to know where to find it.

Also, many Not for Profit’s have minimal marketing budgets, so we create campaigns free of charge to let people know of their services. It’s a chicken and eggs situation; you need help but can’t find it because you don’t know where to look.

And for many Charities who can’t afford expensive advertising agencies, we do it for them, especially when it is so important, like the ‘Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Appeal’…

‘Our paths crossed with Val at a perfect point, where two charities could work together to support families who use our hospitals within the NCA.

 Val has been flexible and supportive of our service (Swan charity within the NCA) and has helped us provide a universal offer to all families. The use of knitted hearts and bears with children and adults where someone in their lives is sick, dying or sadly died is a source of comfort.

 The knitted hearts and teddies create a link of comfort.

 The idea being, knitted hearts or bears are identical pairs; one is with the family and one with the person who died; this creates a link between them. In the early days following a death, comfort can come from holding the bear/heart and knowing they have a link to the person; they can talk to it, squeeze it or hug it helps. As time and their grief evolve, the meaning and importance of this item may change and evolve.

 During the height of Covid, these items were significant for all our patients as people could not visit. Ongoing, they are still important and beneficial for families to create comfort.

 Val has totally embraced and understood what we are trying to achieve. With her enthusiasm, she is helping us to keep this going and reinvigorate the passion for people to support us with this campaign. No mean feat, especially when we are all a little ‘Covid tired’. Val is so caring and has a passion for people and their well-being.’

 Lisa Jones. Swan Charity. Salford Royal NHS Trust

COVID; helping us Open our Hearts to our community.

Verve understands that life is hard for many families. COVID has damaged our communities and the health of ourselves and our families.

The effects of COVID will last for many years and is something we have to live with; however, children shouldn’t have to learn to live with something. Children don’t understand the implications of COVID because their lives are in the now; for some children, now is not a good place.

However, COVID has made some of us open our hearts to each other. We know that fostering might be right for us because we inherently want to make a difference, but we don’t know where to get the correct information.

Verve is here to help you with this; there’s no obligation, just honest and independent advice. After all, when you have the correct information, you make the right choices, which is why Verve will help you decide if fostering is right for you with a Not for Profit Charity that will recognise your skills, and support you both, every step of the way.

If you would like to chat about fostering, please get in touch and send your details on the form below. There is no cost, no commitment, just honest advice to help you begin your fostering journey with a Not for Profit Charity in your community.

Children in care are waiting; can you foster?

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