Last night Alan and I attended the 10th birthday party for the fostering company we work for. Progress Children’s Services.
The evening was full of fun and laughter. Good food and amazing entertainment in the form of Bhangra dancers. The food was lovely and the wine flowed freely.
Alan and I were honoured to be nominated for a specialist placement award but it was awarded to another couple who I honestly admit deserved it more. They have been successful foster carers for a number of years and Alan and I have only been doing it for 8 months. Maybe, next time.
While the evening was a great success what struck me most was that although the room was full of foster carers there are still many more needed.
There are 50,000 children in foster care on any given day in the UK. There is also an acute shortage of foster carers who are able to:
Respond to the needs of children with complex and specific requirements
Provide a secure home life for days, weeks or years
Maintain sensitivity to the cultural and environmental background of the looked-after child
Children most often require care because of family illness, bereavement, abuse or neglect, and need to be placed quickly with someone nearby who can give them the support and routine they need.
See what I mean!
Alan and I love our job, it can be hard work, exhausting and sometimes very frustrating but mostly it is rewarding. The joy we have experienced from caring well I cannot find words to express. I can honestly say I love my job.
If you have ever wondered about foster caring, please contact your local provider and ask the questions that are on your mind. Progress who we work for are a very family friendly organisation and I know they would love to hear from anyone. My grandfather told me the only stupid question is the one not asked.