Fostering often conjures up images of babies and very young children, but we are often asked if our Foster Carers can provide placements for older children and young people. Fostering Teenagers is a service we are proud of offering. We want to encourage people to think about looking after teens in the short-term or long-term.
Being a role model to young people in care could be a huge step in allowing them to make the right decisions in their own lives. You could be a key part in their development – and could be a challenge that you thrive on.
Teenagers in carer have often been through trauma, neglect and abuse where routine and stability will not have been present when they were growing up. It is important that these young people have an opportunity to develop and be nurtured in a positive way. This is where you come in.
We will provide you with support throughout your placements and allocate you with an experienced Supervising Social Worker. Along with comprehensive training and guidance that will equip you with the tools you need to handle complex cases.
Your role will be to provide a stable home, a healthy environment, and to provide them with understanding and guidance to enable them to establish boundaries. All of this will teach a teenager important life lessons, to take with them as they move toward adulthood.
You can take a look at some of the other types of fostering we provide.
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Jane has been fostering with us for 10 years and now helps to train our new Foster Carers.
“The first placement I had was a 15-year-old boy, but he presented as a 10-year-old. Over the first few weeks we were able to help him take part in water-sports and he ended up gaining qualifications in that, even though he wasn’t academic. My job is to lay down boundaries they may have never had before, support them with education and/or jobs; even budgeting.”