Will fostering affect my children?
Sharing a child's home with a stranger is a huge issue for birth children and yet foster carers children often determine how successful placements are.
Fostering involves everyone in the household and relies on working together, both within the family and the wider fostering agency (or fostering provider) to make it a success.
As with all families, there will be arguments and disagreements, however fostering families also have lots of fun, make positive friendship and fond memories.
As part of the foster carer assessment process, the social worker will have a session with any other children in the family on their own which gives them the best opportunity to say what they think about the idea.
Foster carers’ children should have easy access to the family’s Supervising Social Worker and contact with other young people who foster in the area. Most fostering agencies have birth children groups which provide support and the chance to share their experiences and meet others in similar situations.
The best fostering agencies recognise that it’s important for sons and daughters and their parents to spend time quality together without foster children, therefore helping to reduce the pressures. Good agencies providing respite care when foster children will spend time with other foster carers or support workers.
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