So what does a typical day look like to us as foster carers? Well the truth is there is no typical day, every day is completely different!
From caring for a young person in placement, to attending meetings or just doing day to day tasks, there’s never a dull moment. My partner Kevin and I have been foster carers for 4 years and we’ve had various different types of placements. With the 3 young people we currently have in placement we keep the days very structured and have set routines – this offers the kids the stability they need.
On an average day we would wake up fairly early to get breakfast and organise everyone for school. We drop off the two youngest at primary school then head to high school to drop off the eldest.
After the school run it’s on to other things including shopping or picking up anything we might need. Today Kevin picked up some bits and pieces and I managed to go to the gym for an hour.
Then it was off to the FCA Scotland office for a meeting with the staff about a young person. We’re involved in several different meetings and that’s our opportunity to participate in and advocate on behalf of the young people placed with us. These meetings are important and there are several different types of meetings you’ll be involved in.
After the meeting it was time to return to school to pick up the kids. On this particular day it was straight to swimming for all of us which the kids really enjoy. After swimming it was back to the house for tea, homework, some tidying up and of course preparing for the next day. Some days we go straight from school to take a young person to contact with their birth family before going home for tea.
We enjoy getting the kids involved in different activities and in particular at weekends we try to go to the beach or go out as a family somewhere which is really important for all of us to chill out. We’re involved in Scouts one night and boxing another night so it’s a busy household. With three young people currently in placement it can be tough at times but we’re lucky enough to have great support from FCA Scotland as well as from our wider network of family and friends, of course there’s also other carers to chat to as well.
If I were to offer any advice to anyone who’s considering becoming a foster carer I’d say, you have to expect the unexpected and have a good sense of humour. We’ve had many occasions where we’ve just had to laugh at a situation. But overall the job is very rewarding and knowing that we’ve made a difference makes it all worthwhile.
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
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