Fostering involves the whole family, and to mark the Fostering Network’s Sons and Daughters Month, children of foster families in North Yorkshire have been sharing their experiences.
Fostering North Yorkshire is supporting Sons and Daughters Month throughout October to showcase the vital contribution the children of foster carers make to foster care. The sons and daughters of foster carers play a huge role in welcoming fostered children into their families and ensuring successful foster homes.
Eight-year-old Leda says: “Sometimes it’s exciting and sometimes a little bit rough. At first it might be a bit awkward, but once they move in and I start to know them that’s when I feel like they are more a family to us.”
Fostering North Yorkshire recognises the enormous contribution made by young people within its foster families.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children's Services, said: “Fostering involves the whole family – so when you foster, your children also foster. Many people say that the potential impact on their own children is one of the barriers to becoming a foster carer.
“The reality is that many children thrive from being part of the support network offered by our fostering families to a fostered child. Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and grow as an individual.”
Seven-year-old Abi says: “You make new friends and you also get to learn different things about different people.”
Sam, eight, adds: “It’s really good, because it brings different people together and you also know you are looking after people.”
If you think your family could be a fostering family, find out more and get in touch. Online chats where you can learn more and ask questions are planned for later this month and November.