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could you foster someone like Sarah?

Why is Sarah in care?

Sarah experienced neglect, physical abuse and emotional abuse while in her mother’s care. She was taken into care when she was 7 years old. Sarah was in a long term foster placement but her carers decided that her behaviour was too challenging and they couldn’t keep her safe. Sarah is 16.

What behaviours does Sarah display?

As a result of this situation, Sarah finds it hard to trust adults and pushes boundaries to see if they will reject her. She will return home later than the agreed time and can be disrespectful of house rules such as where she is allowed to smoke in the garden and not tidying up after herself.

What does Sarah need?

Sarah needs foster carers who are resilient and will not give up on her at the first hurdle. She needs clear guidance and support from reliable and patient foster carers who can build up her trust. Sarah needs to be taught practical skills to help her with her independence such as cooking, laundry and looking after her finances.  Sarah would benefit from the following:

  • Boundaries
  • Stability
  • Security
  • Routine
  • A listening ear
  • Empathy & understanding 

Could you foster someone like Sarah?

If you would like to find out more about helping young people like Sarah, call us on 0800 3890143 or enquire online.