Will fostering affect my children?
Introducing another person into the family will inevitably have some sort of impact on the household. After all, it’s asking a lot for a child to share their parents and their home with a stranger.
Yet foster carer's own children can often hold the key to a successful placement.
FFI believes fostering involves everyone in the household, including children, and relies on working together and communication – both within the family and through the wider FFI support network. You can expect disagreements – it’s only natural – but at FFI, we strive to ensure that in fostering there will also be fun, friendship and fond memories.
In fact, our experience shows that birth children’s lives are enhanced by the introduction of a fostered child or young person into the family.
Supporting children and young people who foster
FFI takes every measure to ensure the happiness and reassurance of birth children in fostering families.
- As part of the foster carer assessment process, there will be a meeting between the Social Worker and any other children in the family – allowing children to openly discuss their thoughts and feelings
- We also ensure that foster carer's children have easy access to the family’s Link Social Worker and other young people in the area who are also part of a fostering family
- Birth children groups offer support and the opportunity for birth children to talk and share their experiences
- Further still, we recognise that it's important for sons and daughters and their parents to spend time together without foster children vying for attention, and subsequently ensure that each family has access to respite provision
Shortage Of Carers
Foster carers needed for older children & young people - FFI needs more foster carers for children and young people aged 10-18 across Ireland...
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