As children in foster care now live in loving, nurturing, foster home environments, they become accustomed to that particular way of life. Whilst this is great, it can also cause them to develop unrealistic hopes and expectations about the place that they’re about to call home.
The only thing children in foster care want is a sense of normalcy and to feel like they’re part of a loving family. A foster home, whether with a single parent or a couple, gives children the opportunity to develop healthy emotional intimacy, trust, self-esteem, and the opportunity to learn valuable life skills, along with a bunch of other amazing benefits.
As a foster parent, you’re also able to benefit the child in many ways:
- Promote stability
- Implement positive behavior changes
- Reduce the effects of trauma or hardship.
- In addition to providing love and care, you’re also meeting a need.
However, children in foster care aren’t the only ones that reap the rewards of a great foster care placement. In fact, foster parents get a world of their own. Check them out below:
- You get the satisfaction that comes with helping vulnerable children.
- Whilst it may not be the driving force to fostering, you’ll gain monetary compensation.
- It allows you to expand your skills through training courses.
- You’ll receive joy from developing relationships that will last a lifetime.
This is why it’s absolutely vital to ensure that both parties within the foster care placement process have positive experiences when it comes down to choosing the right foster home. Foster homes provide vulnerable children with comfort and stability, so it’s important that their foster parents are able to do the same.
An Ofsted Report
Recently, Ofsted released a report that caught a glimpse of what contributes to good matching decisions for children in the UK that live in foster homes. Their research project (carried out in the summer of 2019), found that the shortage of foster carers currently faces substantial challenges when it comes down to making successful matches between foster parents and the children in foster care.
The report also sets out the components needed in order to make a successful match, this includes:
- Why giving children in-depth information about their potential carers is important
- The serious benefits of making sure children feel heard
- How involving birth families in matching decisions could be advantageous
- Why foster carers can boost their confidence and ask more questions through feelings of empowermen
If you’re interested in finding out more about matching for children in foster care, you can find Ofsted’s full report by clicking here.
Want to learn more about how the foster care shortage is affecting children all over the UK? Check out our latest blog – ‘Foster Care Shortage Hits the UK’s Capital Amidst Pandemic’ and find out what you can do to make a difference.