Every October the Council join the Fostering Network to celebrate and recognise the important role that children play in welcoming fostered children into their families.
We do lots throughout the year to support the sons and daughters of our foster families but in October we like to do a little bit extra and really show our appreciation. This year we have planned a spooktacular surprise for the group to enjoy over Halloween and they will receive thank you cards and special goody bags.
We hold regular support groups for our foster family’s sons and daughters where they have the chance to meet other children from foster families, create friendships, discuss any issues they want to raise and importantly have fun.
The group have been on some fun days out this year including going bowling, trips to the cinema, visits to Conwy and to see the birds of prey at Chester Cathedral’s Falconry and Nature Gardens. They also enjoyed an outdoor Storyhouse theatre production of Swallows and Amazons.
It gives them time to relax, spend time with their friends who understand what it is like to be in a fostering family, have fun and try new activities.
Many people say that the potential impact on their birth children is one of the major barriers to becoming a foster carer. The reality is that many children benefit from being part of the support network offered by a fostering family to a fostered child. Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.
The sons and daughters of foster carers play an essential role in welcoming fostered children into their families and ensuring successful fostering placements. Many sons and daughters then go on to foster themselves in adulthood.
Find out how we can support you and your family by contacting the Foster4 recruitment team on 01925 444100.
Watch the Fostering Networks video about the importance of sons and daughters in foster families: