Yet fostering is one of the most empowering gifts you can give a child, as well as reaping the rewards while nurturing a young person to fulfil their potential.
In honour of celebrating this incredible bond, you are being taken on a cyberspace adventure to explore just how transformative fostering can be.
Your ringmaster will be The National Fostering Group, who are hosting their ‘Our Home’ event on Saturday, to support The Fostering Network’s annual campaign, Foster Care Fortnight.
The campaign not only strives to show how fostering boosts the positive outcome for vulnerable children and young people in the UK, but exactly what fostering entails day-to-day.
This is why you will be invited to visit the homes (virtually!) of inspirational families and see behind the magician’s curtain of what life is really like for a foster carer, there will also be a variety of workshops and interactive events focusing on how to communicate with children.
One of the stories shared is that of Geoff and Stephen, who changed their lives in 2015 by welcoming in a nine-year-boy boy who has flourished because of their love and security.
Speaking about their foster child, Geoff said: “I told him, ‘You’re not going anywhere, you’re stuck with us’. This was a turning point for him. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength.
“He did his SATs and went up to big school. He told us he wouldn’t need any support in Year 7 and there would be no more ‘blips’.”
Geoff added: “He’s now in Year 10 and he’s top in all his subjects. He’s starting his GCSEs and is predicated all As.”
In addition to this, participants will also meet a care leaver who is now studying a law degree, to shine a light on the opportunities that the future can bring with the right support.
The event, which is entirely free of charge, is aimed at anyone who is considering a career in fostering to help you on your journey to making a life-changing decision.
In the meantime, it’s worth reflecting on Trevor Elliott and his voyage after he decided to become a foster dad at the tender age of 25, and has never looked back.
You can find out more by clicking here: National Fostering Group.