What we ask from our foster families
What we ask from our families
The most important thing is for foster families to be able to provide stable, consistent, sensitive care for children and young people. Evidence indicates that children in foster care achieve better outcomes than those in residential homes, they achieve better educationally, are healthier and most importantly are better able to form and maintain positive relationships, because they have benefitted from living in a nurturing and stable family home. Every year, tens of thousands of young people across the UK are in need of foster families.
Children placed into care may feel vulnerable, confused and frightened. We ask our families to have compassion and empathy and to provide reassurance to those in their care. Some children may have never been away from home; some may have experienced leaving home several times before or may have lived with a number of foster families already. Each will have their own circumstances, personality and coping mechanisms but all will need to feel safe and valued and help to overcome the impact of their early life experiences.
We care passionately about matching young people with the right foster family and need a diverse range of foster parents. No matter what your age, gender, relationship status, sexual orientation, race or religion, renting or a homeowner, as long as you care about offering a nurturing and happy home and want to make a real difference to young people’s lives and prospects, we would love to hear from you. We work hard to match children with the right foster family and the team would have carefully evaluated that you and the child are a good match. You would also be fully involved in making the decision about whether a child would be well placed with your family.
We also ask our carers:
- To have enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to work as part of a team
- To have time to dedicate to the young people in your care
- To have at least one spare bedroom
- To be in good health
- To give the young people in your care the same opportunities that you would your own children
- To keep Wednesdays free to attend training and group support sessions
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent with Xcel 2000 or would like more information, then please get in contact with a member of our team who will be happy to let you know more and answer any questions..
You can either contact us via phone on: 0845 094 5651 or complete the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you!