Tag: Foster carer South London

Who can foster children?

Who can foster children?

The decision to become a foster carer is a long process. It’s a commitment from the first moment you think that it could be the career for you. Then you take time to research and make enquiries with fostering agencies to discuss further. If you’re one of these people that have just started the journey of this thought process then…

Become a foster carer in 2020

Become a foster carer in 2020

It’s the start of a new decade, a new era and perhaps now it’s time for you to act on those thoughts about becoming a foster carer. With over 8,500 foster families needed across the UK over the next year (source: The Fostering Network), your application to become a foster carer in South London and Surrey can truly help to…

Building confidence and trust by keeping in touch

Building confidence and trust by keeping in touch

When you’re a foster carer, keeping in touch with young people you have fostered is really rewarding. When you look after children and young people, you form close relationships with them that are lasting, and this may not be something they have experienced before. One of the most recent campaigns by The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, is…

Foster Placements explained: Child and Parent

Foster Placements explained: Child and Parent

There are so many different fostering placements out there and a lesser known one is fostering a parent and their child. Despite being less common, this is an incredibly important placement and needs more attention given to it. This very specialised form of fostering requires a foster carer to support the parent; and teach them how to care for and…

Are you inspired to become a foster carer?

Are you inspired to become a foster carer?

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…

Become a foster carer in 2019

Become a foster carer in 2019

In the UK, around 8,000 foster carers are needed. This is 1,000 more than 2017. Which is why we’re reaching out to potential carers to get in touch about becoming a foster carer in 2019. While it may be one of the most challenging things you’ll do – it’s also one of the most rewarding as you make a positive impact…

Fostering Teenagers in Kent and Surrey

Fostering Teenagers in Kent and Surrey

In Kent and Surrey, there are many teenagers needing foster placements. If you are over the age of 23, have a spare room and space in your heart, you may just be what we’re looking for. You must be able to offer a range of skills to become a good foster carer; being mindful, empathetic, and understanding. Communication is key…

Fostering a Parent and Child in Kent and Surrey

Fostering a Parent and Child in Kent and Surrey

A type of placement that tends to be less heard of compared to others such as young children and teenagers, is parent and child. This is when a young parent is fostered alongside their baby. What is important to understand when fostering a parent and child is that you need to become a role model and teach them how to…

Foster care for teenagers

Foster care for teenagers

Foster care is for children of any age up to 18 years old, this means we’ll be looking to place teenagers with foster carers. Children of all ages will come with their own set of challenges, and teenagers are no different, but not necessarily more difficult to care for. As a foster carer, you can draw on your own experiences as a…

Communicating with children effectively

Communicating with children effectively

OwnLife Fostering training days for foster carers Recently, we held a workshop for our new carers on how to communicate effectively with children, young people and their families. This forms part of our in-depth training schedule for our foster carers. Understanding young people’s confidentiality is crucial and among one of the key skills for foster carers to develop. It is one of…