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  • As a foster carer, you are providing a safe and supportive home for a child or young person who can’t live with their parents or kin.
  • You may face challenges that affect you physically, emotionally and financially – as well as particular stressors that other parents don’t have to confront.
  • You will be an important part of the child or young person’s care team and hold responsibilities as part of that team, as well as having more scrutiny, support, limitations, and monitoring of your role than biological parents' experience.
  • Dealing with a child’s complex behaviours and needs, maintaining contact with the child’s biological parents, helping a child with trauma, and managing financial costs are some of the key challenges foster carers face.
  • Therapeutic parenting is an effective approach you can take to parent a traumatised child.
  • You need to be able to make time to attend care team meetings, student support meetings and therapeutic appointments, etc.
  • Support services are available to help you.

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Reviewed on: 23-06-2023