What Do Foster Carers Do?

Apart from looking after children daily and meeting their many individual needs, foster carers come into contact and work alongside other people who play an essential part in a child’s life.

Most important amongst these, are the child’s family. Foster carers have a vital role to play in enabling contact to take place. Others would include social workers, teachers, doctors, health visitors, and occasionally members of the legal professions.

Foster carers work as part of a team, and help is always available to support you with these critical areas.

Who Can Foster?

Foster carers come from all walks of life. They are a diverse group of people who represent the society that we live in today. When we consider who can foster, it’s not about your ethnic origin, your homeownership status or your sexuality. What sets foster carers apart is their personal qualities coupled with the determination to make a difference to a child or young person’s life, and we’re happy to talk to anyone who shares our vision. Just consider; can I provide a safe, caring and supportive environment for children and young people to grow and develop in?

A few practicalities of who can foster

You do need to have enough space in your home to comfortably accommodate a child or teenager, along with their personal belongings. You also need to be able to commit to fostering on a full-time basis (exclusions may apply). If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer in London, give us a call or fill out our online enquiry form below – we’d love to hear from you.

What are the personal qualities required of a foster carer?

Being a foster carer requires patience, selflessness, encouragement, time, commitment and a willingness to adapt to a child’s needs. To become a quality foster carer, you also need to provide a nurturing and welcoming family environment through which the child or teenager can grow, feel warm and welcome, and mature into positive young adults.

Could I be a Foster Carer?

Consider how many of the following statements you tick the box for:

  • I have a good sense of humour.
  • I am energetic and enthusiastic with a positive outlook.
  • I am patient and understanding.
  • I am committed to staying the course.
  • I will accept a child for who he/she is.
  • I am willing to learn.
  • I am kind and caring.
  • I am a good listener and can empathize.
  • I have a flexible and adaptable approach.
  • I am fair, consistent, and can provide stability.

What our foster carers think

Apple Fostering I can ascertain treat/respect carers like individuals and not “just a Carer; get down from your high horse”! This statement came from my personal experience during my early days of fostering. The support I get working with Apple is unrivalled. My family is very important to me so the decision to foster was a joint one. Without having a discussion about this with my supervisor she was able to read my mind and took her time to learn/know every single member of my family and how to relate to them; it made my job as a foster Carer so much easier and enjoyable. Working for & with Apple is like being part of a family as I enjoy that sort of relationship as opposed to the traditional Employer vs Employee one. I’m developing myself everyday with different placement knowing that the help and support is there whenever bigger challenges come; you’re never left alone to be hung and dried. I now wear the “Apple badge” proudly as I feel that the company promotes the wonderful job foster carers do. I’ve experienced nothing but “Fair, Firm & Friendly” relationship with Apple staff as a whole but my supervisor in particular hence I’ve made the decision to finish my career as a FC with Apple! Keep up the good work and thank you very much. “A company’s image is evident (positive/negative) by the perceived organisational climate within”; mine has been a big positive one; Well Done!

Anonymous,

Apple Fostering and the Team have given me and my family that we foster the opportunity and the support to work with children from different ethnicities and cultures alike giving us as carers the opportunity to work with the diversity within a large Borough such as Brent has to offer. Which the community that we live in has a huge population that we serve as foster carers.

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