Why Foster?

Why Foster? - What are the benefits of Fostering?

Why become a Foster Carer?

Everyone has different reasons for becoming a foster carer. Some people have experience of social care in their personal or working background. Others find they have an opportunity to host foster families because of a change in work or children having flown the nest.

But what are the benefits of foster caring?

  • Challenging but Rewarding

    The thing that foster carers often indicate as a key reason for fostering are the rewards of seeing a young person develop. Fostering isn't easy and there are often knocks but when you see the growth of your foster families, it is very rewarding.

  • Extending Your Family

    Many Foster Carers highlight the fact they have a larger family than most traditional family units. As the young people grow older they inevitably leave the home but they will often stay in touch and stay "part of the family" for the foster carers, children and other relatives.

  • Working from Home

    Working from home is what of people are looking for right now and fostering is a role that takes place in your home. Some foster carers highlight the fact they are able to spend more time at home with their partners and other family members.

  • Financial Support

    While you are not paid to foster, there is a financial package which rewards the effort, challenges and time spent hosting your foster family. This allowance also covers outgoings, birthdays and holiday allowance.

  • Making a Difference

    Fostering makes a difference on so many levels. Successful fostering will lead to a better life for the entire foster family including the foster carers themselves. It is also better for society by taking more children out of care and giving them a chance to blossom and grow.

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