One of the main things we hear when people apply to become a foster carer is the inspiration that led them to call us in the first place. If you’ve been thinking about fostering, then take a look at some of the inspiration behind why some of our carers made the move. There’s many different reasons and we hope these encourage you to contact us today.
Sharday’s inspiration was her mother and a friend’s mother who had both fostered when she was growing up. She comments: “The biggest thing I have learnt from my placements is to empathise with them, you need to always be mindful of their background and experiences and accept that they will behave differently because of that sometimes.”
Susan was one of six children growing up in Ireland and her mother suffered domestic abuse. The marriage eventually broke up and Susan’s mother was left to bring up the children on her own. Susan comments: “If it wasn’t for my mother’s strength to hold the family together and single-handedly raised six well balanced children, I dread to think where we would have ended up. My mother was the main influence in my life and proved that you can still make a difference in the face of adversity.”
What you learn
But don’t forget, that you will learn from the individual young people in your care that you have nurtured.
Sharday comments: “The biggest thing I have learnt from my placements is to empathise with them, you need to always be mindful of their background and experiences and accept that they will behave differently because of that sometimes.”
So, what’s your inspiration to become a foster carer? Call us today to chat about it and we can talk you through the application process – 020 8313 3304.
We hope this article has given you insight into the different reasons that led people to become a foster carer as well as the rewards you and your foster child will gain from this life changing role.
Furthermore, we provide information on why you should become a foster carer.