MALE FOSTER CARER PROFILE
At Sunbeam Fostering Agency we recruit foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds, races, religions and sexual orientations. We encourage people from all backgrounds including those who are male or single males to become foster carers and aim to dispel any misconceptions surrounding fostering.Sunbeam profiles one of our foster carers and how his honest experiences can inspire others to foster.R.S. is aged 32, lives in London and is a Foster Carer with Sunbeam Fostering Agency.
What is it like to be a single male foster carer?
What made you decide to become a foster carer?
What strengths have helped you as a foster carer?
What would you recommend to people interested in becoming foster carers?
How long have you been a foster carer?
What has been your experience of fostering?
How has the experience enriched/changed your life?
How have you coped financially and emotionally?
Sunbeam has supported me in many ways.
Visits by my supervising social worker every month helps a lot in terms of sharing my views.
Trainings provided by Sunbeam helped me a lot to enhance my ability when handling any challenging behaviour.
Support groups arranged by Sunbeam allow me to share experiences with other foster carers.
The ‘Meet the manager’ program has allowed me to share any issue I have directly with managers and Sunbeam directors.
I would recommend to others to be open minded, because every child is an individual, and one has to be ready to manage any challenging behaviour they may display, because of a difficult childhood. Be patient, and always try to communicate with the child no matter what the situation is. Put your ego to one side, and think of child’s welfare. One has to learn how to say goodbye because this is a very emotional profession. Children do get attached to you and it is very hard to see them going from your placement.
Any good experiences you would like to share?
Fortunately all my experiences are good since I have started fostering! One of my foster children was very interested to becoming a mechanic. Seeing that potential in him, I encouraged him to do a vocational course to become mechanic. He left fostering after the age of 18, but kept in touch with me. I tried my best to guide him on how to achieve his goal, and now he is a fully qualified mechanic, earning a good income. Whenever he sees me, he always says ‘thank you’, and respects me which makes me very happy!
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What foster carers are saying about us!
This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.
We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.
Hannah and Kashif
“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”
“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”