A LEADING independent fostering agency have claimed becoming a foster carer is the natural transition for many parents once their own children have flown the nest.
With many parents preparing for their children to leave home and make their first steps towards life at university, Foster Care Associates (FCA) says that this stage in life could be an ideal opportunity for many parents to consider fostering.
Commonly known as ’empty nest syndrome’ it describes the mixed emotions experienced by many parents when their children first leave home.
With an estimated 8,370 new foster carers needed in 2015, David Oldham, CEO of FCA, said:
“Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding, something that parents of older teenagers have lots of.
“We’ve been working with children and young people for 21 years and our experience shows that one-to-one support in a family setting is the best way to help children with a care background overcome their issues and deal with their past.
“Our team of social care professionals work closely with our foster carers to deliver intensive, holistic support tailored to the individual needs of each young person and carer.”
Laura took the decision to become a foster carer with FCA after her son went to university two years ago.
Laura said: “The house felt so much quieter once Luke left home – and also so much bigger.
“I had a spare room, more time on my hands and was slightly better off financially so fostering seemed a natural progression from traditional parenthood.
“Of course it has its challenges, however I wouldn’t want it any other way now.”
FCA also offer short term fostering placements for children and young people who require temporary care – ideal for parents who are only able to provide care during term time.
For more information on becoming a foster carer with FCA, and to find out more about their Finding Room to Foster campaign, call 0800 022 4012 or visit www.thefca.co.uk