Benefits of Fostering a Child
- Fostering is an amazing thing to do and has many positive outcomes, for the child and the foster parent!
- Children in foster homes can benefit from positive attachments with their carer and an opportunity to grow up in a safe and loving environment.
- Foster carers have the amazing satisfaction that comes from making a huge difference to a child’s life as well as all the guidance, support and monetary compensation they need to do a fantastic job!
There can often be a lot of focus on the difficulties that some foster children go through in the care system, including behavioural difficulties and family issues. However, fostering is a positive thing and there any many amazing benefits that both the looked after child and the carer’s family experience.
Many of our carers at Fusion Fostering report amazing career satisfaction as they find their role as a carer rewarding and enjoyable. Many of our carers would hardly consider fostering a ‘job’ as the pleasure they gain from the role is the core reason that they chose to foster in the first place!
Benefits for the child…
A safe, secure and happy home
All children and young people deserve the chance to live in a safe and secure home where they are nurtured and loved. For many children, entering the care system can be stressful and scary. Some children may have experienced neglect or even abuse. A foster home provides a safe place for them to grow and progress.
Upheaval at home can disrupt a child’s academic achievements. Furthermore, the birth family of the child may not have been in a position to promote their educational needs and they may be behind other children of the same age in terms of their education. A safe home environment where a child can feel safe and supported can allow the child or young person to be more focused at school and improve their academic experiences and capacity to achieve.
Children need to be supported in their development, emotionally and physically. A foster family can greatly improve a child’s emotional state, giving them the space and support they need to grow, learn and develop.
Guided family contact
The child in care can still benefit from seeing their family and friends, however, this may vary and takes place when it is known they can do so in a safe environment and with the guidance of the child or young person’s social workers. This allows the child or young person to continue to build a secure and stable relationship with family members with the support of their foster carer.
Benefits for the carer…
Make a positive impact
The singular best thing about being a foster carer is that you get to make a huge positive difference to a child or young person’s life. You can form a strong bond with the child and help them to grow and develop. Opening up your family and your home to a child is one of the greatest things someone can do to make a difference and is the main reason many people choose to foster!
Training and support
As a carer with Fusion Fostering, you will be provided with all the training and support you need to be a fantastic carer. We deeply value the amazing work that our foster carers do and we want to make sure they have everything they need to continue their success.
All foster carers are paid a fostering allowance for each foster placement that they have. This fee covers all costs associated with caring for the child as well as the professional fee for the carer’s time and dedication.
In addition to the fostering allowance, registered foster carers benefit from generous tax relief opportunities. Find out more about the tax relief available on the government website by clicking here.
Fostering is a fantastic service where both the child in need and the foster parent can benefit from a loving, happy and positive relationship. If the benefits of fostering a child sound good to you, consider applying to become a foster parent today! It doesn’t matter if you’re married, single, gay, straight, religious, atheist or any other label, anyone can foster.
Click here to fill out a contact form and begin your journey. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 03301 239355 for a friendly chat and advice on fostering.
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