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Foster carers' children praised for their role

24 October, 2017

Sons and daughters who welcome foster children in to their own families are being recognised as part of Sons and Daughters month (1-31 October).

The Fostering Network’s annual campaign recognises the part that birth and adopted children play in welcoming fostered children into their families.

Every year, Bridgend County Borough Council supports the national awareness month, in recognition of hard work, support and love that sons and daughters give within their fostering family, helping to create loving families.

About half of fostering households have birth or adopted children still living at home and their presence can make a real difference to foster children, helping them settle into their new home.

Ultimately, it’s not just parents that foster children. Many foster carers have their own children who share their homes, toys, and above all, their parents. In addition, they sometimes have to cope with difficult and challenging behaviour.

The potential impact on birth children is often considered a barrier to becoming a foster carer, however many children benefit from being part of a fostering family. Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.

Research from The Fostering Network shows that the relationship between the sons and daughters of foster carers, and foster children, can make or break a placement, making it important for foster carers’ own children to feel valued and supported.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s fostering team works to support foster carers’ own children so they feel comfortable with the situations they face.

Cllr Phil White, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help for Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “Fostering has a huge impact on the whole household so it’s extremely important that sons and daughters are recognised and celebrated, which is why we support the national campaign every year. They play a crucial role in helping foster children settle into a new home, as well as providing vital support to the most vulnerable children in the county.

“They provide a loving brotherly or sisterly relationship that the child may not have had before, or simply offer a shoulder to cry on. They provide invaluable friendship, someone to walk to school with or someone to play football with in the garden. We truly appreciate everything they do to improve foster children’s lives. 

“Despite the challenges of fostering, many say they would recommend it to other families. In fact, we have several sons and daughters who have gone on to become foster carers themselves.”

Bridgend Foster Care provides foster carers with professional training and a chance to gain qualifications, as well as constant support from a qualified and experienced team. In addition, an allowance is available to help with financial costs and regular opportunities are available to meet with other carers to share best practice and experiences.

For more information on fostering, please call Bridgend Foster Care on (01656) 642367 or visit www.bridgendfostercare.wales.

Last Updated: 24/10/2017
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