This course is designed to cover two key points – the first is to explore how family members can be affected by fostering. The second is to consider strategies for supporting birth children in the placement.
- Examine various ways in which family members are affected by fostering.
- To enable foster carers to communicate the challenges and dilemmas that are inherent in fostering with family members.
- To clearly explain the role that family members can play in supporting foster children.
- To encourage foster carers to reflect on the emotions likely to arise for family members.
- To demarcate roles and responsibilities that are delegated to family members usually sons and daughters living at home.
- To point out the pitfalls of fostering which may include allegations against family members and discuss how they will be supported.
- To examine the effects of separation on birth children who are left behind if a placement breaks down.
- To support foster carers in developing positive strategies that will encourage birth children to cope with a wide range of possible emotions negative, i.e. envy, resentment and loss.
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