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Not all children have the good fortune of living in a loving stable home environment. Thousands of children across the country endure abandonment and neglect. Many suffer emotional, physical and sexual abuse. These unfortunate circumstances often deteriorate a childís self-esteem. Without love, nurturing and guidance, youngsters do not excel in school and sometimes develop behavioral problems. A lack of social skills inhibits them from maturing into happy, well-adjusted adults with successful lives. Foster care providers can make a difference in the lives of these children.
When children have no other place to turn, foster carers provide a safe environment for a few weeks, months, or under some circumstances, until the child reaches adulthood. These children range in age from infancy through the troubling teen years. The number of youngsters escaping unhealthy home environments increases daily. Giving these children a second lease on life requires that thousands of caring adults open their hearts and homes to the possibility of raising an abused or unwanted child.
Foster care parents come from a rich diversity of backgrounds. Marital status does not disqualify individuals from becoming foster carers. Families also have varying cultural, ethnic and religious beliefs. One of the stipulations for becoming a foster carer includes the ability of providing a child with a room of their own. Carers also typically have character traits that include patience along with the determination to improve the lives of others. Compass Childrenís Services provides the necessary training and support for individuals interested in foster caring.
While parenting someone elseís child might seem a daunting task, foster carers comprise a team of committed adults working together for the benefit of the child. Social workers work closely with foster carers payment
in establishing care plans and goals for each individual child. Parents receive continual training, which equips them with the knowledge and skills needed for dealing with difficult situations that may occur during placement.
Without a loving, stable home environment, children often experience learning difficulties. Compass Childrenís Services partners with Catch Up Literacy in providing children with encouragement and guidance through short one-on-one sessions designed to improve reading and writing skills. Catch Up also offers foster carer training, which enables learning continuity in the home. Using age appropriate books, digital games and other activities combined with personal attention provided by foster carers and Catch Up instructors, children dramatically improve academically and some excel beyond their peers.
Given the opportunity of experiencing a life surrounded by people who care, children flourish regardless of prior circumstances. As trusting bonds develop between foster caregivers and a child, self-esteem improves. With tender loving care and a team effort, youngsters once filled with despair and hopelessness evolve into caring, productive adults.
Compass Childrens Services
Mountfields House, Epinal Way, Loughborough,
Leicestershire, LE11 3G