Interviews

Caring for a Foster Child with Developmental Delay – Foster Parents Article

Julie said the biggest challenge of fostering a child with developmental delay is assessing how they’re settling in. “If she had been a ‘mainstream’ child it would have been easier to tell how she was getting along,” she said. “You’d put down most of her issues to that fact they’d had to come into care. But with her, I’m always wondering if something is to do with her delay.” Julie said the biggest challenge of fostering a child with developmental…

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Sheila & the Joys of Therapeutic Parenting – Foster Parents Article

Yes – definitely! The children I look after were physically abused, they would talk a lot about how I wanted to hurt them, or I would hurt them. The therapeutic approach to help me understand why they did this. It was because their world was pain and hurt, so they couldn’t believe that I wasn’t going to hurt them or cause them pain: I was keeping up a pretense that I would soon drop and hurt them. I used this…

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Fostering Teenagers – What’s It Like to Foster a Young Adult? – Foster Parents Article

Initially, teenagers need a lot of nurturing, but in a way that makes them feel cared for, without them knowing!! Lots of quality time, listening, texting and encouragement to make the right decisions, forming working relationships with professionals but also with family members that the young people have contact with. There is an element of time required to understand their world, and what changes need to be made to ensure their safety. The challenges working with teenagers is the small…

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Being in Foster Care – How does a Child Understand – Foster Parents Article

Being in Foster Care: Helping Children to Understand Themselves What these children and young people therefore need from their social workers and foster carers is for us to be someone who can help them understand themselves. And I mean this not only in the sense of undertaking the more traditional ‘life story work’ of helping explain to them where they have come from, the things that have happened to them and the decisions that have been made about them. I…

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Fostering Assessments: Intrusive? Or telling a story? – Foster Parents Article

Jamie McCreghan is one of LiKa’s supervising social workers, he also undertakes assessments of new applicants. Jamie has written this blog to help potential applicants still on the fence about being ‘assessed’ The post Fostering Assessments: Intrusive? Or telling a story? appeared first on LiKa Family Fostering. This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by Linda Hill Read Full Parenting Article

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Fostering Siblings, a carers perspective. – Foster Parents Article

What was it like for you and your family, during the process of being matched to children with LiKa? When matching us, LiKa considered mine and my families cultural background, alongside the child’s culture and heritage, this meant that we felt more confident to meet the needs of the child with us. They also thought about my experience and what I had shown I was to manage well as well as what I may find difficult. I feel that this…

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