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Why do children need Foster Carers?

Foster Carers can provide a safe a secure home for single children, sibling groups and for children with additional needs and/or disabilities. This can be for a short period of up to two years, over many years until they reach adulthood or on a respite basis to allow a parent or carer a break.

 

Children who are unable to live with their own family and need to be ‘looked after’ will exhibit a range of emotions and behaviours that may be difficult to understand or deal with. The role of a foster carer is to learn to understand and to work with these difficult emotions and behaviour and to help the children work through them and begin to build a healthier, happier future for themselves.

 

Alpha Plus Fostering is confident in finding carers who are patient and understanding of each child’s individual needs and are committed to working alongside them to ensure the best experience for any child who is placed with us.

 

There are many reasons why a child might be taken into care. Our children have more than likely experienced some sort of trauma in their short lives.

 

Children who cannot live within their own family for whatever reason will experience a level of anguish by needing to be looked after elsewhere. Many children will also have experienced abuse, physically, emotionally or sexually and possibly have had their needs neglected for some time. They may exhibit behaviours that reflect the disruption and uncertainty of their situation and this can present itself in many forms ranging from challenging behaviour to a child whose despair makes them withdraw into themselves. They will find it very difficult to trust adults because their experiences may have been that adults hurt them and let them down.

 

Foster Carers are required to provide an environment where the child can feel protected from the dangers they have experienced for as long as it is needed. It is important that the needs of each individual child are taken into consideration which is why our staff are highly skilled in the process of matching each child with their carer.

 

Some children need a foster family for a very short period of time where there is nobody within their extended family who has the space or ability to look after them. Other children will remain looked after for longer until their parents are helped to make changes to their lifestyle that will enable them to care for them again but many children will need to live with a foster family until they are able to live independently as an adult.

 

It is understandable that these children will require immense patience, understanding and commitment from adults to stick by them and help them. Alpha Plus Fostering is confident of finding such carers and is committed to working alongside them to ensure the best experiences for children who are placed with us. The rewards of seeing children grow and develop into happy, healthy young adults are endless.

 

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