Many of the children/young people who need to live with foster carers have been through traumatic experiences. They may feel lonely, afraid or confused which may result in challenging behaviour.
As a foster carer you will need to:
- Promote the health, education and leisure interests of the child/young person.
- Listen and communicate with the child/young person in a way that is appropriate for their age and understanding.
- Be willing to learn new skills.
- Put boundaries in place in order to manage behaviour in an effective and positive way to enable children/young people to grow up to be responsible and well balanced adults.
- Have energy and motivation to remain committed to a child/young person through more challenging times.
- Have an ability to work with and understand the role of all the professionals involved in the child/young person’s life.
- Have good literacy skills or be open to support offered to help you develop these skills.
- Attend training courses designed to help foster carers in the important work that they do.
- Be available to meet with all the people involved in the child/young person’s life.
- Commit to being there for the child/young person even when it feels that you’re getting nothing in return.