Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dispelling Myths about Foster Care {Guest Post}

Manchester to Southampton, London to Worcester, foster carers are in high demand. The need for social workers, care givers and foster parents so children's lives can be improved is a prominent focus. What's best for the children is what the courts decide, which have put these displaced children in temporary or permanent environments called foster homes.

Some of these unusual thoughts might be stopping people from being a part of a child's life that needs a healthy place to live and be loved; but these doubts and myths are not accurate or true. Capstone Foster Care sets us straight on the myths surrounding foster care.

Only Couples - Fostering is not limited to couples. Foster parents do not mean you must be two people to help a child be well cared for and be a member of a family too.

Age restrictions - A man or woman over 60 years of age might not consider foster care thinking they cannot be a foster mum or foster dad to a child. There is no such rule about a man or woman over 60 being excluded from the foster care giving areas. When a child is placed by authorities and needs a home and a loving parent, these mature people can give that child a home.

Same rules of age limitations could be thought of regarding a man or woman who is 30 years old or younger. The evaluation of parents to help children is so precise that the facts will govern the individual on their training examinations and not on the age of the person applying to be a foster parent.

Monitoring - Ofsted is the investigative organisation that inspects living conditions, how children are being cared for and any changes that can be mentioned for better living on the behalf of the children. There are five areas of social care Ofsted covers for children and families. Some of that focus is on foster children in some way, while other care focuses on residential family centres only.

Fostering Agencies - During Ofsted inspections, ratings were done in 2011 and 2012 and found Capstone Foster Care an outstanding award winner for both of those years. This is where children flourish, benefit and grow as they await more permanent family living. There are times when some children will continue to rebuild their lives in foster care until they are adopted, return to their natural parents or go to live with another relative. Becoming a foster care parent has strict guidelines that are specifically followed to a 'T'.

Monitoring - Many county and country regulations must be followed in the selection of fostering children in the UK, including all the necessary people who oversee the child's life in foster care. This kind of network dispels the myths that children are left alone, because they are watched closely and monitored on a regular basis by many different social service bodies and agencies throughout their time in a foster home, albeit a few weeks or longer.

Disclosure: Monetary compensation was received for this post, however, all opinions are my own.

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