Many people won’t consider the idea of fostering teenagers because of the negative public image associated with them.
Foster 4 – Halton Borough Council’s Foster Carer Recruitment Service - is launching a new campaign to encourage local people to be foster carers, in particular to foster older children and teenagers.
Many people won’t consider the idea of fostering teenagers because of the negative public image associated with them. They may be seen as aggressive, noisy and uncooperative.
But a brash exterior often hides feeling of insecurity, fear and confusion. As a result of these misconceptions, many individuals who could provide a young person with a nurturing home are deterred from fostering teenagers.
Foster4 wants to highlight the positive benefits of caring for older children and will aim to encourage those interested in fostering, to specifically consider this age group.
Debbie, a single foster carer from Runcorn, who has been fostering with Halton Borough Council for some time, said :"I have cared for this age group over the past ten years. Long and short term and in an emergency.
"All have come to me wanting a safe and less hectic space to live, to be able to have someone give them priority and attention through listening and acting on what they consider important.
"These include, to advocate and show results, to encourage to thrive and support and to show new experiences to give a more positive aspect of how better lives can be."
Debbie goes on to say:"These things take time and patience to show you care and can become a trusting adult for young people.
"Two young people I have supported, recently went on to live independently, when they decided they were ready (at almost twenty years old!). The service of care and mutual planning with the council has made their transition effortless".
Halton Borough Council's Executive Board member for Children, Education and Social Care, Cllr Tom McInerney, said “We’re looking for more people, like Debbie, to come forward and support older children in Halton."
"The impact that our foster carers have to the lives and outcomes of children is remarkable, and we want to encourage local people to think about what they have to offer our teenagers and consider fostering with us”.
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