It’s important to be aware that having a young person living with you may require a number of lifestyle changes. If you have children, think carefully about their needs and make sure you talk to them about this.
A young person in foster care may display difficult behaviours. This at times can be frustrating. It is important to recognise that the child or young person may have had a number of difficult experiences, including separation, grief and loss.
Foster carers need to have enough time, energy and space available (both physically and emotionally) to support a young person in need.
Foster carers and lead tenants have the privilege of developing positive relationships with young people who may have had limited experiences of loving and supportive relationships. The relationship with the foster carers and lead tenants can have a significant impact on their future in bringing about change through hope and healing and, where possible, reuniting young people with their families.
Personal growth may come through facing challenges, learning skills and becoming aware of your strengths.