Without a doubt, fostering is a career path many people follow, and it is a full-time role. Fostering as a career opens many doors, especially if you are looking for a career where you can directly influence and change children’s lives for the better.
Fostering is a lifestyle and will change everything – not just for the children, but for the foster carers and their families too. Before starting your fostering journey, it is vital you understand the commitment and dedication this role needs. The children that will be in your care need your utmost love and attention, so it is very unlikely that you will have time for any other sort of employment during your time as a foster carer.
The facts and figures
Of the nearly 12 million children living in the UK, 400,000 of them are in the social care system. Of this number, 75,000 of these children are in care and only 55,000 are in foster homes with foster families. Unfortunately, in recent years, there has been a shortage of foster carers, resulting in full foster homes. Although our foster homes are incredible, there is nothing quite like a family home.
Children thrive when they are in a consistent, safe, and loving environment – if you think you could give this to a child, your decision to become a foster carer will be welcomed with open arms once you have passed the application process.
You might be wondering whether you need any experience within the industry to become a foster carer; the answer is no. Foster carers come from all walks of life, from hundreds of different professions and backgrounds. However, if you are in a profession such as teaching, nursing or another profession that may enhance your skillsets, this will give you a slightly better chance at being able to foster.
This is not to say, however, that someone coming from a different profession would not be considered – some of the most incredible foster carers come from jobs outside of these professions.
It is important that we stress that these numbers above are more than just statistics; they are children, and they deserve a loving, stable, and safe home with dedicated foster carers. Along with this, although fostering is a job and a full-time profession, it is vital that it is seen as a lifestyle, or a calling in life – fostering should never be considered solely based on the financial side of things.
If you think you are ready to take on the role of a foster carer, you can get in touch with us today and request a digital brochure.