What To Expect When Fostering A Child
The initial stages of fostering a child will bring a world of emotions. What’s usually an exciting time for the family could be a nervous time for the child. It’s likely that the child will be shy, and unsure of their new surroundings. Making them feel at home is the most important part of the early days. Having their room ready and giving them a space of their own can often help with the settling in stage, making them feel safe and secure. If you have children of your own, then encouraging quality time from the beginning may help them feel more at home, and comfortable with one another.
Depending on the age of the child, you may need to enrol them in a local school. This can be one of the tougher challenges of being a foster parent. It’s natural to be worried about how they will settle in, whether they will make friends, and how they will cope with school work. More often than not, it’s a happy time for the child for them to be at school, where they’re amongst peers and feeling secure.
It’s important to support them with school work as much as possible. If it’s something they may struggle with, then communicate your concerns with the school. There are plenty of morning clubs and after school activities your foster child can be involved with; not only to help their leaning, but also to encourage them to socialise and make friends.
Spending quality family time together is so important when it comes to fostering a child. Making them aware that they’re now part of a loving, nurturing home can help with their development. It’s important that the child knows they have a stable family around them, they will then be more comfortable with opening up and confiding in certain family members should they face any problems.
You’ll feel an attachment to your foster child from the start, that is inevitable. So, when it comes to saying your goodbye’s, it can be extremely difficult. It’s important to know that goodbye isn’t forever! The bond you form with your foster child is lifelong, it’s likely they’ll be back to visit often. If they’re going to university, then they will still need their family as a solid support system, even if they aren’t living at home. Watching your foster child grow into a successful adult is one of the most pleasing aspects of becoming a foster parent. For further information you can always contact us if you need any help.