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5 reasons to become a Foster Carer in 2021 #whywecare

Foster Care Fortnight 2021 has come at an interesting time. The UK is slowly easing itself out of lockdown but there’s still a lot of recovery ahead.

This is certainly the case with some of the most vulnerable children within our community. Many young people may have been stuck in difficult environments and are now in need of a stable environment. As a result, Foster Carers are in higher demand than ever.

 With that said, 2021 is the perfect time to consider starting your foster journey. Not only because you can make an impact to those who need it most, but also as it’s a great vocation and career opportunity with many more benefits than you may have thought of…

Shape a child’s future as well as your own

Every child you care for will be different. They will come to you with their own range of challenges that you will help them tackle. You will be able to give them a stable environment, helping them grow into better people through your care and support.

There is also scope for further career development into a wide range of areas related to children’s services and fostering. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in recruitment events and training to further your own development and help others like you get into fostering.

Work from home

While becoming a Foster Carer is so much more than just a job, it’s important to consider the professional side of getting involved. It is possible to carry on working outside of fostering, we also have many full-time carers.

With COVID-19 highlighting the advantages of working from home, such as time and money saved commuting and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.  Fostering allows you to reap these benefits whilst making a difference. If you’re looking for a career where you can welcome a child into your home, fostering is for you.

Access to a diverse support network of fellow carers

As a Foster Carer with Enfield Council, you can rest assured that you won’t be alone. You’ll be supported every step of the way by our team of social workers and other members of the children’s service.

You’ll have access to the large community of foster carers within Enfield and neighbouring boroughs who can help you through your own journey. You won’t just have a child joining your family, you’ll be joining our foster care family.

Expand your family

Welcoming a child into your home will not just have a positive impact on yourself, but on every member of your household. We often see that other members of a carer’s family get a lot out of the fostering experience.

If you have sons and daughters, they’ll play their part in making the new child feel at home.

Variety and flexible fostering options

There are a variety of different fostering options available that could be perfect for your situation. Traditional long-term fostering is perfect if you’re looking for continuous placements with children from a wide range of backgrounds needing stability. However, placements through respite or short-term fostering could be the perfect opportunity for you to get into fostering and provide vital support to parents or long-term foster carers. There are also unique options such as Parent and Child fostering, where you can foster a young parent and their new child.

Want to start your journey into Foster Care? Get in touch today by emailing fostering@enfield.gov.uk or call 020 8379 2831. You can also submit an official enquiry form here. Our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started with your enquiry!

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