For most of us Christmas is a happy time of year, but being a child in foster care at Christmas can be very unsettling and often sad.
There will be times when they are missing their families, times when they feel like they don’t belong, and for some children, times when they are left wondering if Father Christmas will be able to find them.
Many looked after children whom have had traumatic experiences can feel unloved and unwanted but the care and love from a foster carer can change that. Foster carers do an incredible job every day by giving vulnerable children a loving home and a brighter future. They give children the support and love they need to build their self-esteem, together with offering them new opportunities to learn and grow so that they can reach their full potential.
We’ve been chatting to some of our foster carers about what fostering is like at Christmas time, and why they would encourage you to make a new year’s resolution to find out more about becoming a foster carer with Knowsley.
What foster carers say about fostering:
Kathy and Derek have been foster carers with Knowsley Council for 43 years and told us: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some children; we always make sure they feel part of the celebrations, families are so important and we make sure they always feel a part of ours.”
Pauline became a foster carer in 2016. She said: “It’s fantastic being able to share these festive traditions and see Christmas through the eyes of children. We are really looking forward to the big day.”
Could you be a foster carer?
If you’ve been thinking about becoming a foster carer, why not make 2020 the year you take the first step and find out more. The approval process is quicker than you think, and by next Christmas you could be sharing your home with children who really need you.
Make it your New Year’s resolution and we will support you every step of the way. Knowsley’s fostering team will help you with advice and information at every stage and you will receive support and training to assist you in your new role. You will also receive a generous allowance.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer and want to know more we would love to talk to you, you can get in touch by contacting Knowsley’s Fostering Service on 0151 443 3958 or visit www.knowsley.gov.uk/fostering.