Fostering teenagers

The demand for foster carers to provide a loving home for this age group is very high

The perception that teenagers are more difficult to care for than younger children we feel is not a true reflection. They present similar challenges as any child coming in to care however, teenagers are more likely to have difficulty with trust issues, especially if they have been in care for a while and have been through previous placements. Teenagers may present Challenges as a result of the hurt, loss and separation they may have experienced. Sometimes the older children have had to protect younger siblings and as a result have provided the role of parents from a young age and as such not had anyone focus on their needs.

For reasons outside of their control, these young people may have had their childhood disrupted and their daily lives altered beyond recognition. Their group of friends and peers are a large influence in their life. Teenagers rely on their friends for their social life and their daily interactions. As a result where possible the teenager is supported to stay at their same school to be close to their social networks. Where that is not possible, no matter how loving the foster home is the teenager will struggle when removed from their network and peer group support.

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Fostering a teenager can be a very rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to show young people who have experienced so much in their young lives, a range of new experiences that broaden their outlook for the future. You may be the first person who has taken time to find their talents, interests or given them the chance to think big about their potential.

We provide specialist development and support for foster carers embarking on this fostering journey with teenagers.

Fostering a teenager can be a very rewarding experience

You have the opportunity to show young people who have experienced so much in their young lives, a range of new experiences that broaden their outlook for the future. You may be the first person who has taken time to find their talents, interests or given them the chance to think big about their potential.

We provide specialist development and support for foster carers embarking on this fostering journey with teenagers.

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