That’s quite a difficult question for us to answer. It depends on so many variables. There’s no doubt they will have to share their parent(s) with another young person which can be difficult, equally, it can be a hugely positive experience for your own child(ren) and lifelong friendships are formed. It just depends on the people involved. The assurance we can give you is that we always consider the needs and situation of every member of your household before we talk to you about a potential foster child. This is why we ask you to be very open and honest with us about yourselves and your home life. For example, if your child is having trouble at school or you are worried about them, we will be prepared to safeguard them from a potentially unsuitable placement.
One of the biggest issues for foster carers own children is saying ‘goodbye’ to a foster child when they move on. We think that says a lot about their experience of being part of a fostering family.
Our foster carers own children made this short film explaining their experiences as a birth child who fosters.