To become a Foster Carer, all children and young people placed with you, need to have their own bedroom.
It’s fair to say almost all children and young people in need of a foster home will have suffered some type of abuse or neglect. As a result, they may exhibit behavioural problems such as verbal aggression or anger issues. Part of making them feel safe is to give them their own space where they can be on their own, if they wish.
Additionally, and very importantly, if you have children of your own, they need their own space, too. If they’re sharing their parent, it isn’t fair to expect them to share their bedroom, too. No matter their age or what they may say to you, they need their own sanctuary.
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Fostering is such an interesting and diverse career and we know that only you will know what it’s like to live with your foster child or young person day in, day out.
Because of your specialist knowledge of them, we (and they) need you to attend routine planning meetings and so forth. Meetings are not always held near to your home and it is essential you can get them easily. In addition to this, there are times when children need to be transported to school, medical appointments, clubs and to have contact with their family.
Again, the venues may not be easily accessible by public transport. For these reasons, we think it is important the main carer is able to drive and has access to a car. Talk with us about this if it raises issues for you.