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Spare Bedroom

Why do you need a spare bedroom to foster?

A frequently asked question that is always asked is if you need a spare bedroom when becoming a foster carer. All foster carers need a spare bedroom; this is for various reasons.

Children in care need their own space, as do we all at times! Having their own room, they are able to create a secure safe area whereby they can relax and have their own time and space to reflect. Many children who come into care have had bad experiences, this may cause them to feel scared and anxious when coming into an unknown environment. Therefore, having their own space they have that security which can help them to feel more relaxed and help them to settle in, take out their frustrations and be themselves. Having their own space allows them to get used to a new environment, a new home, different people and a new routine.

Children will need their own time to be alone, to think and reflect. Coming into an unknown environment is a very daunting process for anyone, so their own room provides them with a safety net. Once a child or young person has had their own space, they may feel more comfortable to come and socialise with you and family members. They may also want to share some thoughts and feelings with you and receive your support and guidance. This could help you to begin to bond with the child in your care.

In addition, when a child first comes into a new environment, they are overwhelmed with all different thoughts and feelings. They will be meeting you for the first time and possible other family members, this too can be a very daunting process. Imagine then having to share a room with someone they do not know, it could be difficult for the child in your care and other family members.

For a child in care having their own bedroom, gives them a sense of belonging, they may have never had their own bedroom before; they may have had to share a bedroom, sleep on the sofa or the floor. So, having their own bedroom can be a very exciting process for them! They may want to move their bedroom furniture around or add some wallpaper to the wall in their favourite colour. This may be because they have never had the chance to do this before. This can be very rewarding for them and give them a positive sense of belonging. 

Testimonials

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.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

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
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.”

Asma
Asma

“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.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn

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