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A blossoming profession Fostering has provided a deeply rewarding activity for many years but is now being developed as a career path. We look at how you can become a foster carer and fit it around existing family commitments. Foster care oster care has traditionally been recognised as a way for people to better the lives of children by taking them into their own homes and looking children and decrease unemployment simultaneously. The shortage of carers also means that there is less choice for in many children being separated from their siblings or moved from home to for already troubled children. The aim of foster care is to provide stability for F social services to place children, resulting after them. Foster carers share this responsibility of care with a local authority or the child’s parents, whether this is on a short- or long-term basis. It is a way of providing help and care to children whose parents are unable to look after them. All children deserve a loving home environment in which they can feel safe and where they are able to get away from at times serious problems, which could include domestic violence or drugs misuse. By offering comfortable surroundings to a child, with your help, they can begin to build a happy and successful future. This rewarding opportunity is now being perceived as an opportunity for professionals to excel, as well as benefit the lives of children. Children’s wellbeing obviously remains the impetus for the sector, but more and more people and organisations alike are realising the additional financial gains of fostering. With a national shortage in foster carers – a shortfall of 10,000 in 2009 – attracting people to foster as a career is an intelligent way to help vulnerable home – which can be traumatic, especially children, so ensuring there are as many carers as possible means that they will be matched to a well-suited carer from the start. Alastair Pratt, HR Manager of Orange Grove Fostercare shares this vision: “Standards are high and the good agencies take great care in matching children being placed to the foster home ensuring the best possible outcomes for children.” Becoming a foster carer is open to all, regardless of whether you are married or single, heterosexual or homosexual. As long as you are over the age of 21 and have a spare bedroom for the child you are looking to foster, then you have the fundamentals to enter foster care. Some form of experience with children or in care is usually necessary, whether it be as a parent or in an employment or voluntary capacity – but most importantly, you need to want to help children who can’t help themselves. words: Jessie bland | photographs: getty Images 134 careers september 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011

Editor’s letter
Hayley's foreword
Home work
Meet The Fairy Jobmother
I need an agent
How to write the perfect CV
Be the best
From business virgin to Virgin boss
Staying positive during your job search
Kick start your career
The benefits of business education
How to make work work for you
Legal rights
Balancing benefits and businesses for working mums
Earn more work less
Shades of Green
Getting into retail without selling yourself short
What to wear
Work on a plate
Franchises: it’s all in the name
The Ultimo success
Working that net
Building a career in property
Donate your career to charity
Supporting the support
Cross purposes
Tender, loving social care
10 social care facts
Foster care: a blossoming profession
Best of British
Jobs of the future
10 Top Tips to get that dream job
Your questions answered

Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011