Widening local connections for foster carers could be a huge encouragement and support which may prevent the natural feelings of isolation that creep in for such a demanding and unique role like fostering. These coffee mornings are geographically specific and led by someone in your local area. The purpose of the time is entirely led by those who turn up; you can have a coffee and cake on either at a coffee shop or meeting in a home.
If you would like to join a coffee morning in your locality or start one for foster carers, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Raksha (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Foster Carer Surgery
We are now working with a Clinical Psychologist who has a particular interest in trauma and its effects, and will be holding a monthly consultation surgery for foster carers. This is to explore puzzles, problems and challenges you may have in looking after your young person, identifying what might be happening and helping with specific strategies and support you can utilise or signposting and referring to other therapeutic services if these are thought necessary. Your supervising social worker will set out the problem in a written referral before the surgery, and the idea is that you would then both attend to discuss things in more detail. Follow up support and/or co-ordination to help access other services would then be provided. Surgery takes place on a Thursday morning each month and individual sessions within it are 20 minutes in length. Please contact your supervising social worker or Claire Ghosh in the fostering team for more information (Claire.Ghosh@fairways.co).
The Fostering team offers a systemic support service to help you in your foster care role. This could be useful if you, your young person, children or family are experiencing behaviours that are perceived as problematic and resulting in difficult feelings, tension or misunderstanding, however large or small. Systemic practice is a non-blaming approach that considers what is happening between people, in relationships, and explores the beliefs and context behind behaviours or problems so as to help create understanding and change. Systemic practitioners work with families, couples and individuals. Claire Ghosh is training to be a Systemic Practitioner, please contact her if you would like more information. Your supervising social worker will also suggest support if they identify a situation in which it might be helpful, for example, in preventing placement breakdown.