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Q&A #2 - Parent and Child Fostering, a carers view

Published on: 2017-09-22 12:45:00

 


How long have you been with Nexus Fostering?

I have been fostering with Nexus for 6 years.

How many P&C placements have you been involved with?

I have had 2 P&C placements in this time.

If you could describe P&C in 3 words, what would they be?

Demanding, emotional, and rewarding.

What were the main challenges in the placements you have had?

In the first placement, mum had significant learning needs and the second placement involved a mum who was from Vietnam and had very limited English. Coming from a totally different background to my own, both Parent and child had very different cultural needs.

What did you find most rewarding?

The most rewarding thing was building a relationship with these mums, and them learning to trust me and allowing me to help them with their babies. I am happy to say one of them now lives independently with her baby and we keep in touch.

What is your fondest memory from one of your placements?

My fondest memory would be the Dad of one of the babies writing a letter to the courts thanking me for taking care of his daughter.

Even though she went on to be adopted, he was thankful for the chance Parent and Child fostering gave the family, and he even said he wished I had been his mum.

What are the main ways you think this type of placement helps a family?

It could be their only chance of having support, and being taught how to take care of their baby whilst also being looked after themselves within a caring family environment. Quite often this is something they have simply not experienced before.

What is the main message you would like to get across to someone who is learning about P&C for the first time?

Although it is demanding looking after a parent and child, at the same time it is very rewarding to know you have helped the parent to be able to keep their baby and to care for it safely.

Even if the baby goes on to be adopted, or remains in care, you know that you have been able to give that baby the best possible start in life.

 

If you think you could support a family, why not get in touch with one of our teams today on 0800 389 0143

 

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