A foster carer can create a major change of direction in a young person’s life. Young people who might have otherwise become lost in the system can have a positive outcome in life. In 2003, the report, Every Child Matters, noted that there are five outcomes that matter most to children. These are:
- Make a positive contribution
- Economic well being
- Enjoy and achieve
- Being healthy
- Staying safe
Capstone Foster Care considers these positive outcomes as a foundation to fostering. Families fostering children and young people will be trained in the skills that enable them to provide the type of atmosphere that helps the looked after children to achieve these fostering outcomes. We are an independent fostering agency working to help in the process of creating positive outcomes for children and young people in foster care.
A great deal of a child’s potential outcome relies on educational achievement. Education, as well as the other components of what creates the potential for positive outcomes, depends primarily on the child’s home environment. A young person entering into foster care without any knowledge of when or if he or she will be returning to live with his or her birth family is apt to feel disconcerted. Settling into a foster family environment is going to be a change for the young person.
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When a foster carer is given the opportunity to provide care to a child, they may know the components of the family atmosphere that lead to positive outcomes in theory. In the early days of placement, the situation might not be amenable to making plans for the child’s future because at that stage so much is often unknown about the long-term plan for the child. Optimum fostering outcomes depend on the children and young people in care having the support that they need. In order to make the chances for a positive outcome work in the foster house, the foster carers work with Capstone Foster Care’s supervising social worker who is always available with support, advice, and specialist attention.
To meet the ideal outcomes which are encompassed in the five outcomes mentioned above, an ideal foster household promotes healthy living through proper nutrition and exercise, good economic training such as learning how to manage money which they receive as an allowance, and allows children to enjoy and achieve through being involved in social activities such as sports and music. These are lifestyle choices that become part of the child’s learning and living experience that will continue beyond childhood and into adulthood.
Through providing avenues for foster children to make positive progress through their daily input of modeling good choices and values, families providing foster services allow children to develop good emotional and physical habits that create a sense of wellbeing. If there are birth children in the household as well, there are additional benefits in fostering for them. Being involved as part of a fostering family, provides them with an experience that teaches them empathy and compassion.
Care orders expire on the young person’s 18th birthday enabling them to leave the fostering experience. However, in May of 2014, a staying put policy was enacted. This allows children who reach the age of 18 to remain living with their foster carers. The carers are paid less to support the children as they move forward in education or in employment.
If you would like to find out more about fostering, contact Capstone Foster Care today on 0800 012 4004 or simply click here.See more articles…