Welcome to our first Brighter Futures Foster Care blog of 2015.
Well, we began the New Year as we left 2014, with a national shortage of approximately 8,000 foster families. When we started Brighter Futures Foster Care some seven years ago, it was our shared vision to develop a child-centred service which would attract people who wanted to develop their commitment, parenting skills and love for children into a skilled and professional approach to parenting somebody else’s children.
I was reminded of why we wanted to run a service such as ours when at one of our three panto’s I met with some of the fantastic children and young people, their Foster Parents, families and family friends. A great time to share smiles and laughter, even if a bit of the action is ‘behind you’!
A few comments from young care leavers puts it all into perspective; such as:
‘If I cannot be with my own family, then I want the opportunity to experience family life, and be cared for by people who provide a nice place to live and are there for me, to listen to my problems and help me sort them out, just like my Foster Parents’
‘My Foster Parents gave me a little grasp of a different way of life…I was very lucky to live there’.
Foster Parents really do make a difference, even, as in your own family, it does not always feel so at the time.
We are lucky enough to be attracting some great new people to our experienced, wonderful Foster Parent workforce. We are about to launch our new training and support plan to give our Foster Parents the chance to develop their specialist skills.
We’re looking to recruit more Foster Parents across Essex, so it would be great to hear from you or anyone you know who may be interested in fostering. We can also arrange for a chat with one of our experienced Foster Parents, or alternatively we have some planned open days and events. Attending one of these will give you the chance to ask the questions face to face with staff and Foster Parents. Please do get in touch with us and we can let you know the dates and venues of these events nearest to you.
So, please this year, if you are not one of our great Foster Parents already, make 2015 the year that you explore the possibility of really making a lasting difference and think about fostering.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Foster Parent with Brighter Futures Foster Care, please get in touch; we’d love to hear from you. Our phone number is 01992 800 078, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/brighterfuturesfostercare.