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Find out more about
fostering in your area
If you have a friend who you think might be interested in fostering, we can send them information
Will fostering affect my children?
Young people who are part of a fostering family are very important!
We believe that your children are crucial members of the fostering family and therefore it is necessary to take account of their views and feelings about their parents taking the decision to become carers. They need an opportunity of their own to obtain some information about fostering and to think about what it means for them. All children and young people living within the family home will be spoken to as part of the assessment process and their input will form part of the assessment. This may be done on a one to one basis or involvement in a workshop. We have developed a one day workshop where topics and themes relating to fostering can be explored in a safe, fun manner. The workshop and content was developed and designed in consultation with children and young people who have been involved in fostering within their family and Swiis Foster Care. We have been given a valuable insight into not only what fostering means to them but also how best to support them in their roles.
We appreciate that being part of a fostering family can have ‘ups and downs’ and sometimes children and young people within a foster family can need advice on how to cope with certain difficult situations. We want to make sure that your children enjoy the rewards of being part of a foster family but that they can also deal with things when they are finding times tough. We also want to make sure they have a voice and are listened to. Each regional office has a Children Who Foster (CWF) group offering a chance to meet up with other children whose families foster, with support from Swiis staff. The CWF group gives them a chance to talk about what fostering is like for them and also gives them a chance to take part in lots of activities, like wall climbing, go karting and a group even had a residential trip.
We want to make sure that your children enjoy the rewards of being part of a foster family but that they can also deal with things when they are finding certain times tough.