Foster Care in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire is an expansive county West of London, which encompasses Oxford at its centre, Banbury, the Cotswolds to the North and the Chiltern Hills to the South, as well as a collection of other towns and villages of all sizes. With such a widespread footprint and a range of different locations from the picturesque city of Oxford renowned for its high quality of life, to the popular Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty, Oxfordshire offers the classic British way of life fused with exciting opportunity and historically significant surroundings.
For young people and those seeking a fast-paced way of life, Oxfordshire is not far from both London and Bristol – though Oxford itself is known for its high quality educational facilities and attractions, in addition to the more affordable housing and the high standard of education which runs from primary through to the notorious Oxford University.
Whether or not Oxford University is on the cards for their future, the area of Oxfordshire is an exciting place for a young person to live – with many of our foster carers around the Oxfordshire area heralding the new lease of life they have found since taking in a child or teenager. That’s because, when you open your home to a foster child, you don’t just help them – you unveil a new driving force for your own life, providing you with a renewed purpose and inspiring you to try new things.
With 318 primary schools and 108 secondary schools located inside the borders of Oxfordshire, here at Blue Sky Fostering we are always on the lookout for families and foster parents who live inside the area and can save a child from ending up embedded further in the system. The education system, combined with the safety of life in Oxfordshire and the excellent transport and connections to other cities and towns makes Oxfordshire a prime location for a growing foster family.
And with a growing requirement for around 7000 new foster placement homes in England right now, we need your help and support more than ever to show children and teenagers that there are people who believe in them.
This is Marion and Ollie’s story.
When Marion opened her home to teenager Ollie, she knew the challenges that faced her thanks to Ollie’s existing learning disabilities, his dyspraxia, and the neglect with which he had lived for a long time. But four years on, those challenges are now a thing of the past, with Marion’s nurturing behaviour enabling Ollie to find new ways of creating good behaviours and rituals.
With routine, consistency, and boundaries all forming a part of the pair’s daily life together, Ollie is now better able to manage his temper and understand that unconditional love really can and does exist.
“I try to diffuse situations with gentle humour which he now understands and the best I can do for him is to make him feel secure, loved, cared for and accept him for who he is”.