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Q & A - Sylvia and Denis

Published on: 2018-06-19 11:00:00


What are your names and how long have you been fostering?

Sylvia and Denis and we’ve been fostering for 4 months.

How many placements have you been involved with, and how many of these have involved caring for a child or young person with additional needs?

One placement, a brother and sister. They have been with us for just over 3 months. The little girl has allergies and has an epi-pen. She also has referrals for various things like physio and audiology. The boy may need to be placed in a specialist school, but this is being assessed.

What sort of challenges have you faced as specialist carers and how do you cope with them?

At the beginning having a young boy who had poor school attendance was challenging. With no school for the first 8 or 8 weeks. Setting boundaries and routine such as bedtime and personal hygiene and mealtimes.

What did you find most rewarding about fostering?

Seeing the young boy do well at school with 100% attendance and settling in to family life.

What is your fondest memory from one of your placements?

Various things. Seeing the boy do well at swimming and enjoying the circus. His little sister is settling in well at nursery and enjoying the toddler group in the village.

What is the main message you would like to get across to someone who is learning about fostering for the first time? In particular the possibility of fostering a child with additional needs?

You will need patience, lots of it, and a sense of humour. Don’t take those things personally and be creative in your thinking. Enjoy it and accept your life is different now.

If you have always wanted to be a foster carer, Nexus could be the agency to support you in your dream. Why not find your local team, or call us on 0800 389 0143.

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