Foster parents identified flexibility, ability to see the other person's point of view, comfort with differences, and support from other family members and their church as important to successful fostering
Over half of parents believed fostering
was a way to do something for their communities.
In a survey of fostering
services across the UK, the charity found that 97% of fostering
services have a particular need for foster carers for teenagers, while 86% of fostering
services have a particular need for foster carers for sibling groups.
is about having the right qualities - patience, understanding, inner strength and a good sense of humour.
"I would urge anyone who is interested in fostering
to get in touch with the team.
Being a foster carer can be very difficult but the rewards can be unquantifi-able, with foster carers recently surveyed saying that fostering
is a great thing for them and their family to do and that it is a fantastic way to develop and improve their skills.
People welcomes applications from single people, same sex, married or co-habiting couples from all ethnic backgrounds who are 25 or over.
We will offer you excellent training, development and support so that you are prepared for the challenges and rewards of fostering
. We just ask that you have cared for children or young people through your family or volunteering.
is caring for someone else's child in your own home.
For the majority, foster care is the best option, and there are now 57,000 children living with 45,000 foster families on any one day." Says Ellie Jones of the Fostering
Freda Lewis, director of the Fostering
Network Wales, said: "Fostering
services had been making progress in recruiting more foster carers and finding children the right foster family, but this has clearly been pushed back by the unprecedented rise in children coming into foster care.
While long term foster placements are in high demand, there is also a need for short and midterm fostering
to give parents a break during a traumatic difficulties.