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As another year draws close, will your New Year’s resolution for 2022 be the year to make a difference for children in care? Can you foster?
For many people, 2021 was an extension of 2020. Nothing much changed, except life became harder, and we became accustomed to it. We expected bad news, and the light at the end of the tunnel grew dimmer as new rules and changes brought fear daily.
However, many of us accepted the change; but then we grew a little weary as we realised those we depended on to make decisions hadn’t a clue. Subsequently, we adapted and learned that maybe, the changes we want are ours to make; is it time to start looking at how we can make a difference together?
Is 2022, the year we took control back and led our lives, our way?
We become conditioned by the ‘fear of the unknown;’ by experts who purport to know best; we become conditioned not to expect our dreams to come true as the harsh reality of life hits, and therefore, we give up.
We see more children and families struggling, even families at work, and the pandemic acerbates this with its ferocity. Austerity and poverty are not how life should be? However, we mustn’t give up on our dreams because children need us, especially vulnerable children in care.
Maybe 2022 is the year we took back control of our lives; before the lunatics took over the asylum, and make 2022 the year we make a difference; together?
More children are in care, than ever before.
The number of children in care is now higher than ever before, and many children live-in expensive residential care homes that don’t meet their needs. Thankfully, many children live with foster carers or family members under special guardianship orders with their Local Authorities in the community they love.
Sadly, many more children are waiting for foster carers with skills and experience in caring to meet their needs. As a result, we need more people to get in touch with Verve and realise their foster care dreams to make a difference for these children. However, potential foster carers often say the same thing, ‘we have skills in caring for children, we know what we have to do to help these children, but if we do, who will look after us and enable us to do this?’
Losing potential foster carers is heartbreaking because, for many people, foster care is a calling. It is a feeling they must do, and more importantly, these potential foster carers enable us to make a difference for children. There has to be another way to help them achieve this; it is the ‘Not for Profit‘ way.
Replacing retired foster carers is tough; they are big boots to fill!
Statistics for foster care shows a need for more foster carers; the number of children in care grows higher, and the number of foster carers grows less. There is no main reason for this reduction in foster carers; many outstanding foster carers have made a huge difference in children’s lives in their fostering career and have now retired. Furthermore, these foster carers leave have big boots to fill, and the most challenging part of foster care recruitment is to do just that.
These foster carers often say that fostering was natural for them; it was a calling. Fostering is who they are, giving them happy and fulfilling lives. Fostering allowed them to make a difference for many children; however, the most significant difference is the difference the children left with them.
These children left a footprint in their hearts, and they are a treasured memory. The outstanding love and care they gave helped children learn to love again; equally, they gave their love back in equal measure, and love is a measure of your calling, and the impact of love stays within your hearts forever.
Caring is the motivation to making a difference.
For many people, the motivation for fostering is a calling; it is a feeling you must do. Caring is your sense of purpose; it is right from wrong and who you are. Ultimately, your caring skills are the difference children need; without you, they won’t get the chances in life they need.
After all, people who care often know either intuitively or from experience the best path for a child to travel. Ultimately, staying by their side to catch them when they fall, carrying on regardless, no matter how much they push your buttons!.
Not for Profit Charities and Community Enterprises are making a difference.
There is a rumour that our economy will recover as Not for Profit, Charities, Community Interest Companies lead the way forward. The reason for this? Many successful business people have moved into this sector, bringing a wealth of experience that previously made corporate businesses enormous profits for shareholders and Directors.
Also, many people with skills and experience in care have set up successful Community Enterprises than ever before. They network with like-minded businesses and Charities to support vulnerable people and families in our communities; often, they have a mutual aim. They wanted to take back control of their lives; they knew there was another way, and this way was to unite and make a positive difference in their community.
Not for Profit fostering Charities need more people to lead the way with them. They need foster carers with skills and experience in care to meet children’s needs; more importantly, these Not for Profit Charities have the consistent support networks to meet your needs.
I made 2019 the year I made a difference, in my way.
Three years ago, I decided after working in foster care recruitment for an IFA that there had to be another way. So, I put my money where my mouth is and took a leap of faith because I knew it was wrong to work for a business that made huge profits from children in care. I wanted to make a difference; I didn’t know how at the time, but I stayed at it.
Taking that leap from a full-time job, even though it was one I hated, was a gamble, and at times I have doubted my sanity. However, through the tenacity of spirit, I have partnered with Not for Profit Fostering Charities in England and Wales. They offer the support that foster carers need to give safe and loving foster homes for children in need.
Verve Recruitment CIC, making the difference in foster care recruitment.
Verve Recruitment CIC has successfully recruited foster carers who have the skills and experience that Charities need to make a difference to children in our communities. Furthermore, these foster carers now offer children a safe and happy home, including Parent & Child foster carers, asylum-seeking children, emergency care, and short-term and long-term foster care.
More importantly, these foster carers chose Verve Recruitment CIC because I took the time to match them with a Charity that represented their skills and what they want from fostering. I knew from talking with these amazing people the motivation to foster came from a calling; I knew they wouldn’t give up because it meant too much to them. Ultimately, I knew that matching them with the Not for Profit right for them would make a difference in each of their lives.
Is your New Years resolution the year you made a difference?
Taking the leap of faith isn’t easy; however, good things often don’t come easy. Foster care is challenging; it is complex, and, ultimately, it is enriching. However, you have to have the correct support network and the best team to help you do your calling, fostering children. And this is why I partner you with a Not for Profit Charity that will respect you, giving you 24/7 support together. Because, together, we can all make a difference in children’s lives.
Will you make your New Years’ resolution for 2022 be the year you made a difference? If you want to chat about foster care with a Not for Profit Charity, get in touch with the form below. It’s free, and there is no commitment, just straightforward advice to give you clarity on foster care with a Not for Profit Charity. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of children.