Fostering Solutions are an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ local independent agency, who can offer expert training and support to individuals looking to foster in their community. They focus on what you can do for vulnerable children as opposed to what you feel you can’t.
Rebecca, Carer Engagement Officer for Fostering Solutions for Merseyside and Cheshire says: “I’ve worked for Fostering Solutions for two years. During this time, I have spoken to many individuals who, for various reasons, believe they cannot become a foster carer.
“Single individuals, who don’t realise that fostering alongside working can teach children the realities of life. Individuals with disabilities, who don’t realise they can bring so much empathy to the role when it comes to supporting children with additional needs. Couples, who don’t realise that just because they haven’t had their own children it doesn’t mean that they cannot bring joy to the lives of others. The advice I give to everyone is to speak to our team about your individual situation.”
There is always a child out there who will benefit from your care. As with anything in life that comes with a huge reward in the end, fostering can be challenging at times, although having empathy can ultimately make a huge difference to the lives of children going through a tough time.
As Kole Akeju, Operations Manager for the Merseyside office, says, “Having a disability, or working with individuals with disabilities, gives you a greater understanding of the challenges that can be faced daily. These may even be similar to challenges our children are facing. You may struggle with your speech but have a fabulous knowledge of alternative methods of communication, so we may match you to a child with language difficulties that others may struggle to communicate with. Foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds. Your relationship status, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, or whether you have a disability does not stop you from becoming a foster carer. Anyone who is over the age of 21 with a spare room and the time to devote has the potential to care for and support a local child.
“Everyone has skills and abilities they can use within fostering, so don’t rule yourself out before you’ve asked the question.”