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Skills to Foster: Views from a single carer

By July 11, 2022 No Comments

Avril attended our latest Skills to Foster Training course as a single carer. After completing the course she chose to continue working towards becoming a foster carer, and is now nearing the end of her assessment. In her own words, Avril tells us how she found the course…

 

I attended the training groups at the start of this year as a lone carer with 3 other couples, we completed the sessions online with other attendees and the training facilitators from the Family Placement Team. I was apprehensive about being the only single person, but this was soon alleviated by the Family Placement Team and the other attendees.

The training was a good mix of films, discussion, sharing views and hearing from the FPT and guest speakers. It was intense at times but I always felt that my wellbeing was supported by the FPT. It brought several emotions to the forefront; at times sadness and disbelief, at other times I felt happy and proud to be on this journey.

The team were passionate about the benefits that good Foster Carers can bring to a child or young person, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Professionals, experienced Foster Carers, and their families. I was surprised about how much of my own life experiences helped me understand the training and felt that the training only increased my belief that I could do this.

What really made me want to make a difference was hearing from young people who had been in the care system which had not always been a positive experience. I want to make a difference, however small in that young person’s life.

I want to say to anyone considering becoming a Foster Carer whether single or a couple, go for it. I am nearing the end of my assessment and looking forward to my upcoming Panel date and beginning my journey as a Foster Carer. I know it will be hard at times and there will be times when I doubt myself, but I also know I have the support of my allocated Social Worker, who I respect immensely, she is so supportive, understanding and never judgmental and the wider FPT and other professionals.

Our next training course starts in late September – if you’re thinking of fostering, now is the perfect time to get in touch and start the process.

 

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