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The Foster Care Crisis in the UK

The Foster Care Crisis in the UK

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When you look up the word crisis in the dictionary, you will find this meaning: a crisis is “a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger”. But I doubt that you will connect the word crisis with the term foster care. Why would there be a foster care crisis in the United Kingdom or anywhere else in Europe? It may be expected in Asia or Africa, where there are a lot of third world countries, but you would never expect this to happen in economic powerhouses such as Europe and the Americas. But we are wrong. There is a foster crisis in the UK. Fostering in London and the rest of Great Britain has never been more difficult than it is today.

One of the reasons this has happened is that not enough young people (young adults to middle aged adults) are volunteering to become foster carers. In fact, more foster carers, about three quarters of them, according to the charitable organization The Fostering Network, are aged 45 years old or older.

Another possible reason why people have become less interested in becoming foster carers is that in reality, fostering a child or fostering children costs money. By becoming a foster carer, you will be responsible for providing for the basic needs of the child like food, clothing, shelter and even education. Although private fostering services, and local authorities provide standard allowance to foster carers, the allowance provided may not be enough to provide for other things that might not be considered as necessities. In private fostering services, an average of three hundred to four hundred pounds per week is provided per child that you foster. If you decide to provide extras for your foster child like private schooling and the like, it would have to be out of your own pocket. The same goes for local authorities. In fact, the allowance provided is much much lower, only about one hundred twenty to two hundred pounds per week, depending on the age of the foster child.

Still another reason being considered as to why there are not a lot of people want to become foster carers is that there seems to be no changes in benefits whether or not you have a foster child under your care. Unlike having your own kids or having adopted children, foster carers can’t process a claim for Child Benefit or Child Tax Credits. This is because the foster child is not being considered as part or a member of the household or the family. There are some benefits that they can get tough, like Working Tax Credits and Housing Benefits, however, according to The Fostering Network, these benefits are not enough to warrant an interest in becoming a foster carer. In fact, they are still constantly lobbying for amendments in the legislature of laws governing foster care.

So as of the moment, it seems that to become a foster carer, you need to be more mindful of the benefits of fostering to the foster child than to you as a foster carer. But isn’t that why you want to become a foster carer in the first place?

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Requirements on Becoming a Foster Carer

Requirements on Becoming a Foster Carer

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If you have innate motherly instincts and want to be around children all the time, but have not been blessed with one of your own children, you might want to think about and consider foster care. Foster care, for the unfamiliar, is a setting where one child or more are being taken care of by people who are not their parents or blood relatives. These children will then be dubbed as foster children while the people who take them under their wing are called foster carers. If you’re interested to know how to become a foster carer, red on and find out.

To become a foster carer, you do not need a college degree for it nor a specialization. You can just be an ordinary person living an ordinary life, but have decided to become more and experience more. As a foster carer, you have opened up your heart and home to care for a child who is not related to you.

Fostering may require some things, but there are aspects that they do not have any limitations on. You can become a foster career no matter what your marital status is, no matter what your sexual orientation or preference is. Becoming a foster carer will not be based on your religious denomination, nor your ethical or cultural background. Remember the movie I Am Sam starring Sean Penn? That’s something that can happen in real life because you can still even become a foster carer even if you are a person with disability (PWD) or a medical condition, just as long as your condition is stable and it will not hinder you from providing basic and proper care of a foster child. You can even become a foster carer even if you already have kids of your own. The only condition in this situation is that your children should also agree to accept a foster kid. And did you know that you can be a foster parent  even if you do not have work (this is not advisable but these situations can occur).

The essential requirements to be considered by organizations are usually the following: you are open minded to the idea that you may need to entertain people that are associated with your foster child’s life, you need to attend some training courses designed to assist foster carers, especially the novices, you are clear of criminal records involving any kind of violence and/or sexual offenses, your child will have his/her own bed in your house and you enjoy being with young people.

A foster career is not an easy task. While the foster child is in your care, you will basically be the parent or guardian of the child and you will be held responsible for giving him or her all of his physical, mental, psychological and emotional needs. You need to be able to feed them at least three square meals a day, put them in a good school if they are of age. But through this challenging responsibility, you will definitely feel some  form of triumph because you were able to help a child in their time of need.

 

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Basic Things to Get Ready for Foster Parent From Fostering Agencies

Basic Things to Get Ready for Foster Parent From Fostering Agencies

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Are you curious about how fostering agency works? Then take time to know the basic things in what to get ready before you become a foster parent. This is very important to each and every foster parent out there who want to adopt their first child. With these following, you will be able to know what to expect in adopting a child.

Requirements to pass – when you are going to adopt a child, you need to pass the requirements for the child safety. There is no exception, all fostering agencies will require the same regulations to be applied to make sure that the child is going into the right hands. They need to have assurance from the employment, marriage and health status of the foster parents because it will affect the child experience.

Child you want to adopt – there are many children who want to have their own foster parents from the group of siblings, older children, black children or even those children who have disabilities. They are in need of foster parent and if you are going to adopt a child, who are you going to adopt? This is important, so you should know what are you going into and they need more attention because they experienced abuse. If you are going to adopt a child, you also need to motivate them based on their experiences.

The risk of having a child – we all know that a child will make a parent happy, but as a foster parent, are you going to take the risk? Or do you even know the risk that you are going to take? You need to make sure that you know what you are going to experience when you adopt a child. If you already know how to handle a child or you have an experience of raising a child then that is fair enough for you but if not. Then start learning to know the risk of changing diapers, disciplining, making them happy, providing their needs and food. If you think that it is too much for you to handle? Then learn from everything. But if you are backing out then it means you are not interested or determine enough to have a child.

This is the reason why fostering agency does not allow anyone to adopt a child that easily because the child needs to be safe. They have to make sure that they are giving the child to the worthy people who needs a child to love. If they are not capable of being responsible then they are not good enough to be a parent.

Anywhere you go, when it comes to adopting a child, you need to know all the risk and pass the requirements from fostering agencies. If they will not be able to complete the needs of the child from shelter, clothes, food, attention and love then why not adopt a child? Why not just adopt a puppy where you can practice the responsibility and patience? This also helps to adjust from adopting a child to raising them to part of the family.

 

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