Want to know more about fostering teenagers?

Many of the youngsters in need of foster care are teenagers. Often these are young people who have had difficult home-lives and whose families are no longer able to look after them.

If you are thinking about fostering teenagers, you need to have a genuine interest in helping teens, and it helps if you have cared for this age group before.

Perhaps you’ll have brought up teenagers of your own, or maybe you’ll have worked with teens. Although useful, this is not obligatory, and the main thing is that you have a genuine interest in working with teenagers and are committed to caring for them.

Fostering Teenagers

Teenagers who are in need of fostering may have experienced difficulties at home and will be lacking the guidance and support that youngsters of this age need.

If they don’t receive this vital help and support, they may be at risk of pursuing lifestyles that will harm their future chances in work and education.

If you foster a teen you will be providing the care, support and stability that will help keep them on the right track. Important qualities for those who foster teenagers:

  • Nurturing personality
  • Able to set fair boundaries

  • Good communicators

  • Able to deal with conflict calmly

  • Sensitive

  • Patient
  • Understanding
  • Tolerant

From a practical point of view, you will need to have a spare room, with enough space for a teenager and their belongings.

Fostering a teenager can be a demanding role, but is also highly rewarding. If you do decide to foster a teenager, we will ensure you’re given all the support and guidance you need.

You’ll not only receive ongoing training, you will also have access to round-the-clock support.

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