Fostering across the Tees Valley region
There are many different reasons why people like you choose to become foster carers but the big reasons are
It’s hugely rewarding
Being a foster parent is amazingly rewarding: you help improve a child’s life chances, you see them develop and mature into independent young adults. They can become important members of your family.
It gives you a strong sense of purpose, meaning and fulfilment
Many foster parents get long-term satisfaction from knowing they are doing something that is really beneficial. Fostering can generate a sense of purpose, of satisfaction and of fulfilment. The relationship you develop with your foster child can also become lifelong and hugely positive.
It can be a career
There are significant financial rewards for fostering but, just as importantly, there are emotional rewards of feeling you are making a difference, of contributing positively to society and of helping out a child who may have had a really tough start in life. For many foster parents, fostering is a real career that they can enjoy.
As a foster parent you will be respected by many people for the hugely important role you do. Many will admire your contribution to society and to the well-being of youngsters.There are very few other jobs where what you do contributes so much to society as fostering does and, of course, what you do for a child benefits them enormously.
You get a feeling of achievement
To help nurture a developing child who may have had a pretty difficult start in life to become a young, capable and independent adult gives you a great sense of achievement.
You get paid well
Foster parents get paid well to look after and create a good home for foster children. It’s a role that society respects and rewards you for. People who treat fostering as a career can do very well from the steady income they get.