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Will fostering affect my family? 

Many prospective foster carers wonder, “Will fostering affect my family?” 

For those contemplating fostering, it’s essential to grasp the various facets of the fostering process. From the initial application and assessment process to becoming foster parents and welcoming foster children into your home, the journey is multifaceted and requires careful consideration. 

The truth is that fostering undoubtedly has an impact on various aspects of family life. Whether you have your own children or not, becoming a foster carer can deeply influence your family dynamics and relationships.

As experienced foster carers, we understand the importance of providing guidance and support every step of the way, helping you navigate the complexities of fostering with confidence.

So that you can make an informed decision about whether fostering will be suitable for your family, here are some of the most important aspects to consider. 

Support for birth children

As you embark on your fostering journey, it’s crucial to consider the needs of your own children, also known as birth children. 

They play a significant role in the fostering process and may have concerns or questions about welcoming a foster sibling into the family. Providing them with ample support, understanding and reassurance is vital.

Our team recognises the importance of addressing the needs of birth children. That’s why we’ll offer your family comprehensive support services to ensure that everyone feels included and valued throughout the fostering experience.

Thinking of fostering?

If you’re considering fostering, you need to know that there are various types of fostering available. 

This includes:

One of the advantages of the different types of fostering is being able to factor in the type of setup that would also work for your family. 

As one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the Midlands, we are committed to guiding you through this journey with comprehensive support and resources tailored to your needs. This support will be available to you regardless of the type of fostering you do. 

Frequently asked questions

I have small children, can I still foster?

Yes, you can! Fostering can be a rewarding experience for families with children of all ages. It can promote empathy, understanding and cooperation among siblings while offering valuable life lessons in compassion and diversity.

How to build strong bonds between foster and birth children?

Building strong bonds between foster and birth children requires patience, empathy and open communication. Find out more about this topic in this article.

Summing up

Going back to the main question: “Will fostering affect my family?” Undoubtedly, fostering will bring about changes, challenges and opportunities for growth within your family dynamic. 

However, with proper support and guidance, these changes can lead to profound positive transformations, enriching the lives of all involved. 

As for the second question, “How is fostering different from parenting?” Fostering involves providing care and support to children who may have experienced trauma or neglect, requiring a unique set of skills, patience and understanding. It’s a journey that demands resilience, flexibility and unwavering commitment, but the rewards are immeasurable.

If after reading this article you feel like you want to get more information about the different types of fostering options available through Match Foster Care, please do contact our team or visit us in one of our offices either at our Droitwich office or Stoke-on-Trent office.