Fostering is a way of providing children and young people in local authority care; with a caring and nurturing environment, during a period where their own family is unable to look after them. This is often only a temporary arrangement, and many fostered children return to their birth families once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been sorted out.
There is a range of reasons as to why they need to be in foster care. It may be because of a family illness, family breakdown and problems at home, or a situation where their welfare is threatened. Many children and young people may have experienced neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse. While their stories will be different, every child will have faced loss and separation from their birth family.
As a result of their life experiences, they may have difficult or challenging behaviour. Some children may throw tantrums, be aggressive or reject your care. Others may be withdrawn, clingy, act younger than their years and be unable to express their feelings.
Their behaviour can also be from moving from foster parent to foster parent, or simply from being placed in foster care in the first place. It is important that, as a foster parent, you understand that this is not a reflection on you. You’re there to help a child or young person feel secure, safe and cared for. Our fostering agency is here to do the same for you.