“Can I foster a child for Christmas?” This is a question that many people ask come the festive season. At Apple Fostering, we understand that these questions are generally motivated by a kind and caring sentiment for another vulnerable child or young person. However, we would like to clarify that foster caring is not a short-term “drop-in” service.
In reality, foster children stay with their foster carers for long periods. This is because we are unable to provide care just for the festive period. This way, we will only return them back into the same vulnerable position they were before Christmas.
Children who are in foster care need stability and consistency in their lives. Unfortunately, it is something that the festive season cannot always provide. We encourage these same people to consider assesment as a foster carer or respite carer. If this is not possible, then maybe they can help maintain our advice and support to existing and prospective foster carers by making a donation and ultimately promoting the welfare of children in foster homes.
We recognise that foster caring is not an easy task, but it is one that is immensely rewarding. We hope that more people will consider becoming foster carers so that we can continue to provide a home for every child in need.
If you decide to go ahead with caring for a young person in need, you could be counting down the days until Christmas with your foster kids next year!
Thank you so much for your interest in foster caring! We appreciate your concern for vulnerable children and young people. For information and advice about becoming a foster carer, call one of our advisors on weekdays, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on 0203 432 0663.