Why Teachers Make Fantastic Foster Parents
Teaching professionals across the UK probably don’t realise that they could have all the skills required to become fantastic foster parents. As you probably know there is a national shortage of foster families, which is why we call upon both former and present teaching professionals to consider caring for a child in need.
There are huge similarities between teaching and fostering, the main thing being that teachers and foster carers have both got into careers to make a difference to children’s lives. Many foster families have a background in education because seeing young people make positive progress is the reward that they both share.
As a teacher you will have gained the understanding that makes transferring to foster parenting an easy transition. There are so many factors that make up an ideal candidate for beocming a foster parent, many of which teachers and foster carers share. Some of these include :
– The ability to communicate with children and young people
– Kind and caring
– Remaining calm in stressful situations
– Good Listening Skills
In the current climate there are, in the UK alone, over 65,000 children and young people in care, and there is a major shortage of about 9,070 foster carers.
If you are a recently retired teacher, or perhaps a teacher looking for a change in career, then maybe you should consider foster parenting.
If you have a background in education and are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer then there are various ways you can get in touch with us. Please make an online enquiry or call us on Freephone 0800 038 7799 to find out more!