It's not just the parents that are fostering, children are too, and therefore their opinion is extremely important. We understand that fostering may sometimes be difficult and present a few challenges causing mixed emotions.
We want to be able to value and recognise their involvement and give them the opportunity to speak with others who are in a similar situation.
Our Fostering Ambassador
Bethan is our ambassador for children of foster carers. Her parents have been foster carers for 19 years so she has plenty of experience and advice to share. She is happy to have an informal chat with any child within a foster family.
Here are a few words from Bethan
Hi, my names Bethan, I’m 20 years old and this is my story.
My family have been fostering for 19 years, which means I was only one and my brother was only five when our parents got approved. When a child in care walks through your doors you have a mixture of feelings excitement, anticipation, nervous, anxious, worried or even scared I know I did at times especially when I was younger. But as I grew up I started to realise what foster families are actually here for! We’re here to help give that child a start in life that gives them support so that their personalities can shine through.
I believe that the children of the foster family need more support as at times, like I said it can be very difficult and I know at them particular times in my life I would have appreciated someone to talk to, someone I could rely on to talk about any of my problems I might have encountered.
Children who foster group
We also have activities which children who foster are invited. These give them the opportunity to meet up with other children and have a bit of fun.
Speak to your social worker to find out more.