Here, our foster carers Rob and Teresa tell us their experience of fostering siblings.
“We originally started with siblings, age 2 and 3 (Girls), then we had twins (Boys), and now we have 11 and 14 year old (Girls).
Each of the groups represent a different set of challenges and require different care. Even when they are siblings / twins, they have their individual characters and they think and judge differently.
Their aims are different and invariably their abilities differ. It is therefore important to listen to each of them, as individuals, and act accordingly.
Sometimes the difficulties of one, are the strengths of the other, in other circumstances, they have the same strengths and weaknesses.
The good thing about having siblings, is that they have each other, even though they may think that they hate each other and fight all the time, as they act as a great support to one another, as they realise that they are the only family still together. This is one of the main reasons that we love to have siblings, as they stay together and have each other.
The support we have had from the Local authority and Nexus Fostering, both, have been very good, and the support and guidance has been extraordinary, especially in reassuring us that we are in the right path.”