Becoming a Foster Carer

Good foster carers provide a safe, secure and nurturing family environment. To understand what it's really like to become a foster carer, you must first understand a child's experience of being fostered.

Here's how one of our former foster children feels about what makes a good foster carer:

"All foster children are different - some may love being comforted or others may like different approaches. But for me, what makes a good foster carer is that they make you feel accepted, not just in the home, but within the foster family itself. Someone who treats you as they would treat their own son or daughter, and the little things - like someone being there for you, like a friend would, but last of all, making them feel it's their home as well."

(Michael, aged 19)

Being placed in foster carer

These two video resources give you an insight into fostering from a child's perspective. The first, ReMoved, was created 'with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents.'

It follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.

In the second video, you'll see that becoming a foster parent can be a force for good. It compares a good experience for a foster child against a poor one. You'll see that the outcomes for a child in care are down to the foster carers.

 

Carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Read more about what is involved being a foster carer and see what some of our carers think about fostering children and young people.