Friday, April 20, 2018

Fostering 'R' ..... A - Z Blog Challenge




As Jeff and I have been foster carers for 3 years this month it seemed the right time to have Fostering as a topic for the A-Z. We're still new enough that we're not jaded yet, but have had a pretty bumpy ride, so fairly realistic in what fostering is really about.

Further information at The Fostering Network



R IS FOR:
Respite - As a foster carer you can offer to do respite for children. Not all carers are able to offer full time care, but there are alternatives which are also needed. Respite is an example of this type of carer. For foster carers sometimes they need to be somewhere and cannot take the children - usually a pre-booked holiday organised before the child came to visit.
Review - Reviews are a regular occurrence, they can include meetings with your SSW, a LAC review, PEP. When children are newly placed they can be quite frequent.
Record keeping - As mentioned before record everything! It could make the difference in a court case, an allegation, or just sometimes to read back and see just how far the child has come.
Religion - If a child follows a religion then as foster carers you are expected to help the child practice his religion, whether it's attending mass, dietary, etc.

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