The journey towards becoming a foster carer is often a time of uncertainty; families and individuals who are exploring fostering for the first time can find themselves wondering if they have the right skills.
At Kindercare Fostering Northern Ireland, we believe that fostering doesn’t require a degree in child psychology or social work, instead it relies on the types of skills and experiences that most people possess.
Adults with patience, understanding and an ability to put themselves in the shoes of a young person experiencing difficulties in their life are key.
If you have brought up children of your own or have cared for children in some capacity, you might well have the skills and experience to be a great help to other young people in need.
Being able to be consistent, reliable and to provide stability to children who may never have experienced any of these qualities is also essential.
Successful foster placements rely on a mentality, a fostering mindset that involves putting a foster child first.
Considering a child’s needs above your own might seem like common sense to many of us, simply the obvious thing to do.
For many children in need of foster care, abandonment has been a key feature of their lives and being nurtured by a reliable adult they can trust is vital.
Increasingly, we all live ever more hectic and busy lifestyles. Working life and leisure pastimes take up large portions of our days and nights.
You might need to consider what available time you have, because fostering requires a commitment to put the child first.
Potential foster parents who have the skills, the patience, empathy and available time to make a major difference to a young person’s life are vital to the care of vulnerable children across the UK.
Kindercare Fostering Northern Ireland does not discriminate on the grounds of marital status, gender, culture, ethnicity or sexual orientation.