Fostering? My Honest Truth
I became one 3 years ago and gave up teaching to do it full time. I often meet people who say "it must be easy staying indoors all day" or I get "oh how can you take these children in?"
I would love to say that I stay in all day and don't have lots to do, but I do most days I am running round until late. Like a normal parent, I may take them to see family members this could be every day, every other day, once week, once a fortnight etc. Depends on the children to the contact. Taking them to school, nursery, appointments, on days out, things that they may have never done before, as simple as going to the local park, a birthday party, letting them pick something for dinner or their own clothes or go out to the cinema.
I have children from all different circumstances, a lot of the children need to feel safe, know where they are sleeping, where their next meal is coming from?
Yes, some children have been through a lot and I can spend hours trying to support them and help them, and they don't know or trust me, but letting them know they are not alone an that no matter what the time is or what I am doing I will listen.
Yes it can be challenging and hard work at times, but I wouldn't change my job now. I see children grow, become whole, repair and become their true selves.
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