“What makes a good Foster Carer?” A video by children in care

How did you feel when you first came into care? What do you think about your Foster Carer? What do you think makes a good Foster Carer?

These are the big questions being answered by children in care in a new video to celebrate Somerset Fostering Week (23-29 Jan).

Five 11 to 21 year-olds from Somerset’s in Care and Leaving Care Councils recorded their touching, insightful and personal interviews. Their thoughts have been stitched together and set to speedy footage of sketched cartoons depicting children and Foster Carers – necessary to protect their identities.

By sharing their video with the wider public, the young people hope to inspire viewers to consider becoming one of Somerset’s much-needed Foster Carers.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This video shoots straight to the heart with its honesty and insight. It is both refreshing and thought-provoking to hear these children articulate their experiences of being in Foster Care, from their fears when they first came into care, to settling into their new homes, and getting to know, and grow attached to, their Foster Carers.

“As we continue searching for more Somerset people to respond to our children’s need for enthusiastic individuals to foster, there can be little more powerful than hearing from the children themselves.”

The video is available to watch on YouTube:

The children’s views on ‘what makes a good foster carer?’ were used to develop Somerset County Council’s ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to be fantastic carers. These include:

  1. Flexible
  2. Patient
  3. Kind
  4. Consistent
  5. Trustworthy
  6. Honest
  7. Good listener
  8. Understanding
  9. Available
  10. Sense of humour

Cllr Nicholson continued: “We are looking for people with these ‘Top Ten’ qualities who will consider putting their valuable skills to good use. I urge you to give us a call on 0800 587 9900, look at our website www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or come to one of our events in Somerset Fostering Week to find out more about this amazing opportunity.”

During Somerset Fostering Week the fostering team are holding a number of events across the county. People can come along to an event to have an informal chat with friendly staff and speak to foster carers.

Wednesday 25 January, 7-9pm at Martock Christian Fellowship Church Hall, Church Street, Martock, TA12 6JL. This event will focus on fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children and a foster carer with experience of this type of fostering will speak to the group. Professional staff will also be on hand to answer questions and have a chat. Please call 0800 587 9900 to book a place at the event.

Thursday 26 January, 11am-5pm at Angel Place Shopping Centre in Bridgwater. Drop by anytime to speak to friendly and professional staff.

Saturday 28 January, 10am-3pm at the Market in Wells. Drop by anytime to speak to friendly and professional staff.

If you want to find out more, please phone our friendly, professional team on 0800 587 9900. Read about Fostering in Somerset schemes, case studies, upcoming information events and download an information pack by visiting www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.