We've also been talking to birth children as part of the campaign, to find out more about their lives as foster brothers and sisters.
Being part of a fostering family for 16 years, Emma, has always been a regular visitor to her parents’ home who foster. “When my parents started fostering, I already had my own family but I have spent a lot of time with the children who live with them. I have found it very rewarding being part of a fostering family and have had a good bond with children that lived with my parents. It’s just like having siblings or nieces or nephews!
“It has given my daughter a big extended family and I always feel like an Auntie. There have been difficult times, but we’ve always overcome any challenges we’ve faced.
“I’ve got many wonderful memories from over the years, such as going to Scotland as a big group, or having large Christmas meals together. All of the children we’ve looked after have always become part of our family and have been loved and accepted by us all. If I had the chance to go back in time and choose if my parents fostered or not, I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Ryan, aged 24, has been part of a fostering family for ten years. When asked about how he feels about sharing his home with foster children, he commented: “It’s been enjoyable but I find it challenging when I see my parents being treated with disrespect. I have many lovely memories though, and I love to see foster children succeed and gain confidence through the guidance they receive from our family.
“I love to also see the kinds of opportunities that we enjoyed as children shared with those we care for.”
There are over 8,500 children and young people in foster care across Yorkshire and more than 900 new foster families are needed. Regardless of age, sex or family size, foster parents play a vital part in providing a loving and stable home for children and young people in need.
October 25 2023
Activities to Help Children Manage Anger
Discover six therapeutic activities you can use to help the child in your care express their feelings of anger while developing their emotional regulation skills too.
October 12 2023
Talking to Children About War & Conflict
Learn about "remote exposure" and how war can indirectly affect young people in care. Plus, how to talk to children about war and conflict.
September 11 2023
Bedroom Ideas for Foster Parents
As a new foster parent, you might wonder how to make the bedroom good enough. Use the ideas listed below to ensure your first foster child enjoys their new room.
August 16 2023
Why Matching is So Important in Fostering
Why does the matching process matter so much in foster care? There are numerous compelling reasons, and we're here to share them with you. Keep reading to find out.
July 12 2023
Preparing for Exams with a Foster Child
If a young person in your care is taking exams this year, then here are some practical ways that you can support them.
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