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Published on: 2016-12-15 09:00:00
Did you see this in the news, recently?:
“89 year old Joe Bartley from Devon was ‘dying of boredom’, so he placed an advert in a local paper, asking for a job and a local café employed him.
Sarah Martin, co-owner of the Cantina Bar and Kitchen in Paignton, said “no matter what your age or your background, you deserve a chance. Most people have got something to offer and Joe is someone who is keen, who is putting himself out there. What is not to like about that?”
Joe really proves everyone has something to give.
We think the same, we think everyone has something to give, especially where teenagers are concerned.
We won’t pretend they’re all angels, they’re not; they’re human, just like the rest of us, but they will have experienced more disruption and inconsistency in their young lives than most of us experience in a lifetime. If they’re a bit bolshie and withdrawn, well, they have every right to be.
Often victims of abuse and/or neglect, they need to feel secure and important in a home where they are valued and cared for. They need appropriate boundaries and the experience of a proper family life.
So, what will happen when you open your home to a teenager? Well, you’re welcoming someone with a lot of life experience, who’s forming their own opinions and views based on a very disjointed life so far. They’re on the cusp of adulthood, with all the pressures and changes that brings and, perhaps, more than ever, they really need the stability and support a foster carer offers.
People in their teens are taking on their adult shape. The depth of their voices, the maturity of their faces and their grown up stature can mislead us into thinking they’re able to cope with life, but they’re not, they’re still children.
Sometimes, the legacy of their fragmented lives leaves these young people with delayed development, they may be functioning at a much younger age and will, without doubt, need your help to achieve their goals and potential.
Here’s someone you can chat with, reason with and learn with. You can help them to leave behind their unsettled past and offer them the childhood they deserve. You can help them change their future, break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and have a positive influence on their future generations.
Now, we’re not saying you need to be 89 years old, like Joe, in order to help, although providing you’re robust enough for the role, there is no upper age limit for foster carers. What we are saying is that you could be the one person who ‘gets through’ to a teenager in need and really changes their life.
Get in touch to change the lives of teenagers.