Being a foster carer can sometimes feel overwhelming, navigating the dynamics of providing stability for a child or young person. In these moments, having a strong support system can make a huge difference.
Whether it’s lending an empathetic ear, or helping with practical tasks, friends can create a safe space for foster carers to share their thoughts, fears and triumphs.
Fostering support networks are instrumental to fostering success. These networks connect foster carers with professionals, experienced carers and resources that can make their journey smoother.
We asked some of our foster carers about their relationships with each other and the their support networks.
Kate from Halton tells us “The support is great at Halton. We have a dedicated Under 5’s support group which is lovely. I love our SSW, she goes above and beyond. I have a friendship with a few other under 5’s carers and we support each other emotionally and practically.”
Paula from Warrington explains “We have lots of support from our Supervising Social Worker, Children’s Social Worker, we are also a part of the Mockingbird constellation the tucan’s and we offer our support as deputies to Gill and Terry. The children enjoy the events organised also we have made many friends in our constellation. We have also made some really good friends within our LA carers who have been a great support when needed, Warrington carers are very supportive of each other.”
Erica from Cheshire West and Chester shares “I could not do this role without the continuous support from my child’s social worker and my supervising social worker. They are always there to talk things through and find a solution. I have good connections with other carers who I met through support groups and training courses. The wider support from EDT, virtual school and therapy workers has also been incredible.”
A huge amount of support is available to foster carers from their Supervising Social Worker and fostering teams. Each local authority has their own unique package of support, which includes practical provisions and incentives to make it possible for foster carers to carry out their role.
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