Foster carer checklist:

  • Listening Skills: Do you hear and understand what children and adults are saying to you
  • Optimism: Are you able to look on the bright side when times get tough and difficult.
  • Confidence: Can you handle difficult situations without feeling out of your depth.
  • Patience: Can you persevere even when you don’t seem to be getting immediate results.
  • Stability: Do you have a welcoming home and could you make children feel safe and secure
  • Team Player: Can you share responsibility and work together with others, and ask for help and support when you need it?
  • Observational Skills: Can you see what is really going on beneath the surface
  • Energetic: Are you full of energy and life?
  • Communication Skills: Do you get on well talking with children? can you speak on behalf of children and advocate for them?
  • Sense of humour: Do you have a good sense of humour? can you see the funny side of life?
  • Sympathy: Are you able to sympathise with children?

Additionally a few practical requirements:

  • Spare bedroom in rented or owned property.
  • At least one carer at home full time or with reduced commitments.
  • Commitment to attend training and support groups.
  • Flexibility.
  • Driving licence, preferred but not essential.
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