I have been fostering for 1 and a half years now, I have had lots of experiences thoughts and feelings through fostering when we received our first child I was really excited I wanted to buy him loads of toys as he was only 3 days old!
So what constitutes behavioural difficulties or a child out of control, and does it apply to your child?
Much is made of the amazing qualities foster carers have; and rightly so. To open your home and your heart to a child in need takes patience, perseverance and a great deal of empathy, to name but a few qualities.
I'm Carina, a 19-year-old full time media student and I have long had an interest in fostering, and through my studies I have researched a lot about the care system.
As the new term starts, I’m grateful that I’m beyond the age to be dragged around the shops to pick up new items of uniform, including shoes with enough room to grow into.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network reflects on a year of the Head, Heart, Hands programme and looks forward to the upcoming annual conference.
We’ve all done it. We arrive at a support group meeting singing the praises of the child who has just arrived to live with us, and who had a reputation for very challenging behaviour but it is now an angel. We give ourselves a little pat on the back. It was easy really.
My name is Christine and I have been fostering with my husband Peter for 14 years. This October I am going to Walk the Difference through London to raise (hopefully!) loads of money for the Fostering Network.
Cyber-bullying really is one of the dark sides of the internet. It is the use of the internet and technology to deliberately hurt, embarrass and abuse others and can be a one off or recurring.
I seem to have been on a one man mission of late to share the virtues of becoming a foster carer with any friends or members of family who I think would be suitable… and are prepared to listen!