Parent and Child Foster Care is a specialist type of foster carer who support parent/s and their children in their home. The aim is to help mums either prepare for a baby’s birth or new parents to adapt to parenthood who may need additional support. There is a huge demand for Parent and Child foster carers in our communities, and it is one of the most needed types of carers.
Parent and Child care is a highly specialised type of foster care; therefore, you will have additional and ongoing training and support for this role. Not for Profit charities have been providing this support to Mothers and their babies for decades. The teams’ dedication at Not for Profit Charities, combined with Parent and Child Foster carers, brings together a valuable support framework to vulnerable parents and their children. Parent and Child Foster care aim wherever possible for Mums/ Parents and their babies to stay together.
Many young Mum’s have been in foster care themselves and feel ‘let down’.
Sadly, many Mum’s are without a strong supportive family network to help them, and they often face pregnancy alone. Many of these Mum’s are young and often vulnerable themselves; they may have been in foster care themselves, and subsequently, they need additional support. Often, these women may have suffered abuse or have never formed any secure attachment bonds to others. Consequently, they are vulnerable; many young people feel ‘let down’; thus, they have built a barrier to protect themselves further, and they don’t trust easily.
These women need support to understand the bonds of attachment they can feel towards their children. Many women who have never had this themselves; need help to understand and respond to these feelings for their babies. This emotional support, combined with practical support to build confidence towards independent living for women and their babies, is what Parent & Child Foster carers and Charities who work together excel in. The sharing of your skills and experience, together with access to vital services and networks with Charities, allows Parents a chance to build a secure future. Ultimately, it’s a life where Parents and their children have stability and opportunities to ‘dream big’ together.
Removing the barriers of ‘labelling’ for Mums and their babies.
There are social factors that young people have come to rely on, and subsequently, they are barriers to achieving actual self-actualisation. Often these include drug and alcohol dependency, social and economic deprivation; and sadly, many are victims of ‘labelling.’ This ‘labelling’ can be from previous family history or associations; for example, getting in with the wrong crowd, or worse still coming from the incorrect postcode. As a result, many children and young people are labelled and unsure how to move forward; they are alone and vulnerable. Parent and child foster carers are a specialist type of foster care. They are often highly regarded as the positive role models that young people need, offering advice and guidance and nurturing parents and their children to achieve the best outcome.
‘I was afraid to tell anyone because; like most of my family, they expected it. It’s what everyone in my family did.’
‘Mums were taken ‘under the wings’ of other women in the past.’
Many Mum’s in ‘difficulty’ was taken under the wing’ of women in the past. These women knew when others needed help. Often, they had needed help themselves at some point in their lives or knew someone that had. Subsequently, these women put them under their wing and just got on with helping; it was natural to them. These women learned that sharing skills and comforting is often the one thing that vulnerable Mum’s need. However, many people are unused to kindness and find kindness hard to accept; sadly, they are suspicious of the motive behind it. Parent & Child Foster carers know this; subsequently, a mutual trust bond forms over time and both mum and baby move to a happy and successful life together.
However, the world has changed, and many women don’t have a secure network of family and friends to support them. Women stopped others from ‘falling through the cracks.’ They offered help to other women, and these women never forgot the kindness shown. They were the generations who walked before us, fearlessly paving the way for many families to stay together. They were the change-makers, and women will never forget the kind-hearted support they had when they needed it most.
Specialist training and support is vital.
Not for Profit Charities; keep Parents and their children together.
Many local Not for Profit charities care passionately about keeping families together and offer practical advice and support. This support is now a lifeline for many vulnerable families, mainly due to cutbacks, austerity and budget cuts; many families are now vulnerable. As a result, more families than ever are now in poverty, facing homelessness with often no safety net to catch them. Poverty, for many parents, becomes a real fear of being labelled as ‘vulnerable,’ and subsequently, professionals would take children into care.
Verve Recruitment is not a fostering agency. We recruit Foster carers for Not for Profit charities, and our recruitment process adapted for COVID 19. Coronavirus won’t stop us from recruiting; however, it has made us do things a little different than before, but sometimes, change is a good thing. We know we can’t stop the changes we face in our everyday lives; however, we can work with them and use them to our advantage.
Every child deserves a safe and loving home to feel loved and where they feel they belong. Coronavirus has made us realise the value of our homes and our families. We have become kinder and more accepting of others because we are vulnerable too; we are the change-makers for our future generations, and we have to get it right for them. Do you have positive parenting and life skills, compassion and empathy to change a families future?
Can you become a specialist type of foster care as a Parent and Child Foster carer with a Not for Profit Charity supporting you 24/7? Can you foster?
Find out more about Parent and Child foster care with Verve Recruitment today on the contact form below; together, we can make a difference to young Mums and their babies.
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