No Time Like the Present
When you hear the word ‘foster carer’ it’s not surprising if you automatically have an idea of what that person may look like.
Middle aged, full of life experiences, already has a family and has been fostering for over 20 years is what tends to come to mind. But that is one of the many myths you hear about fostering. The beautiful thing about fostering is how inclusive it is, it welcomes all walks of life, races, gender, religions and ages, the main requirement needed to be a foster carer is the willingness to love and support a child or young person and to give them a safe, loving, family environment.
Statistics show that over 7,000 foster carers are needed in the UK over the next 12 months, with an overwhelming 97% of foster agencies needing carers for teenagers. This is why it is so important to highlight that fostering is open to many. One particular group that often gets overlooked is young carers. Research showed that 22 per cent of young people between the ages of 18 – 25 think they wouldn’t be accepted as foster carers, which is a huge misconception. Age does not play a factor in the ability to foster.
Young carers have so much to offer to children and young people, especially teenagers. They are closer in age and it wouldn’t have been a long time that’s passed since they were young themselves so they are able to understand some of the issues young people are facing. They also have the energy and stamina to keep up with the fast paced life of looking after a child or the demands of a teenager.
We advocate and welcome more young carers to foster, they are needed and can bring so much value to the foster system. The more diverse the pool of foster carers, the greater opportunity we have to match children and teenagers to their perfect carer.
If you would like to find out more information or are interested in becoming a foster carer. Please join us at our Information Evening on Thursday 22 March at our offices. It is a great opportunity to meet the team, ask questions and meet other carers too. Click here for more information.