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Blue Monday - Do Something Amazing! - Foster for Break

Blue Monday - Do Something Amazing - Foster for Break

Did you know that statistically the third Monday of January has been labelled ‘Blue Monday’ and it is officially the saddest day of the year in the UK.  It is thought that at this time of year we all need a little cheering up, because Christmas is over, we’ve broken our New Year’s Resolutions, the pre-Christmas credit card bills have arrived and Spring seems like an age away.  

Enough of this misery we hear you say and quite right too!  Indulge us, we want to talk to you about how to get 2015 off to a more positive start and make it a year to remember.     

Break’s fostering team has been growing steadily and we are happy to say is now at a point of growth.  We are immensely proud of our foster carers and the children they care for, both of whom continue to amaze us.  Fostering for Break is a very challenging task, but so rewarding. 

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What children say about their foster carers:

Recently 9 year old Alex was asked about his foster carer’s cat and he indignantly replied “He’s our cat, its our house and its my family!”  What a testament to how he views his foster placement. 

Ben (11) said “I’ve got good foster carers, good respite carers and I like you Malc.” 

What foster carers and their families say about fostering for Break:

Simone (foster carer) “The assessment has been therapeutic and demanding.  I have got to know myself better.  It has been so energising.”

Frank (the adult son of foster carers) “It’s been challenging, but I wouldn’t change anything about my new family.”

Steve (foster carer) “The support and supervision we get is second to none.”

Abbey (short-break foster carer) “I’ve started thinking in a different way, not just describing something, but thinking of the why.”

What others say about Break Fostering:

Placing social worker “These carers are insightful and sensitive to children’s needs and are willing to be flexible in their approach to problems. They showed a very learning oriented approach and a willingness to listen to and appropriately challenge professionals in order to inform and develop their understanding.”

Ofsted March 2013 The agency consistently promotes and maintains good outcomes for children…..The agency works positively and proactively with a wide range of agencies and professionals to ensure improved outcomes for children.  Close partnership working has enabled children to make significant improvements in all areas of their lives since being placed with carers from this agency.”

Break Fostering has a phenomenally good placement stability rate.  All of the children are in education and are achieving far more than anyone thought possible.  All social workers who have placed with Break cannot speak highly enough about it and have recommended us to their colleagues.

Alex (9) has been in placement for a year and eight months and Ben (11) has been in placement for two years.  They changed beyond recognition since being fostered by Beak foster carers. 

What we offer our foster carers:

An honest and in depth assessment which focuses on applicant’s skills, experiences and aptitudes.

Excellent support, supervision and training, including a fortnightly support group and access to a psychotherapist.

  • Market leading fees
  • Regular short breaks.

What is the fostering challenge and what are we looking for?

As the Fostering scheme grows we really need more short break foster carers (this used to be referred to as respite fostering).  Have you ever considered fostering, but then discounted yourself because you are working or volunteering?  You may be just who we are looking for.  We would also be keen to talk to you if you expressed an interest in becoming a full time foster carer.  To be eligible you need to have a spare bedroom available and have some experience of looking after children, preferably other people’s children. The qualities we are looking for are people who are caring, patient, insightful and willing to learn.

The fostering team would welcome enquiries from people who live within Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.  Do something amazing this year and foster for Break.  Fostering for Break is definitely “changing young lives” and it could also change yours.

If you are interested, please contact the Fostering team for a confidential discussion on 01603 670110 and speak to Hilary, Jess, Malcolm or Lesley.  You can also e-mail the team fostering@break-charity.org

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