Foster Siblings (birth or adopted children of Foster Carers)
We have launched our Foster Siblings Project!
Our project goals are:
For foster siblings to be recognised as an integral part of the team around the foster child.
For foster siblings to be included in the fostering process from application.
For foster siblings to have access to tailored information and support.
For foster siblings to have the opportunity to participate in support in a variety of methods to ensure they can participate at a level they feel comfortable.
Foster siblings’ wishes and feelings should be heard and valued as important contributions to providing good holistic interventions for foster families.
To acknowledge the specific challenges for foster carers with birth or adopted children, and provide tailored information and support from application.
To develop a training programme that adapts to the needs of the foster carers and foster siblings in agency.
Events & Training
We have an exciting program of events in place for 2023! This includes:
4 x Foster Carer Workshops, where we can provide additional support to Foster Carer's with birth/adopted children, in a group setting. The aim is to focus on your concerns, worries and celebrations of foster siblings.
2 x Foster Sibling Activity Days, our first being Ice Skating in Telford. These sessions are days out funded by Phoenix to celebrate and thank foster siblings for their contribution to their fostering family.
2 x Foster Sibling Workshops, these will be sessions tailored to foster siblings, giving them a chance to explore any worries or celebrations of having a foster child as a sibling.
1x Joint session for Foster Siblings & Foster Children!
In addition to this we provide one-to-one support in a variety of ways.
flyer to foster siblings
Activities to try together
Fostering Stories from external sources
“Foster children can feel more comfortable knowing there is another young person in the house. Being closer in age, they may be more willing to open up to me sometimes than an adult.
“I’ve got along with every child we’ve fostered although I feel more at ease with some than others.
“It’s never their fault if things are difficult and sometimes it’s just the fact that they’ve not been here long enough for me to really get to know them.”
Nia from the video on the left has answered 7 questions often asked about being a #FosterSibling
My family foster (Child's View)
From Hampshire County Council
fostering network's letter to birth children
(October is the Fostering Network's Sons & Daughters Month)
We would love your feedback:
We would like to know what you would like to see on this page - please send ideas to email@example.com
What advice you would give to other birth children of foster carers & future foster carers & how has your experience been?
What would you say to the birth children of people thinking about fostering?
I would say don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need help. - S (birth child of Foster Carer)