People, adults and children, are a diverse bunch and the world is a better place for it. Family structures, we believe, need to reflect this diversity in order to provide the best support to children and young people.
Childhood, and in particular the teenage years, are a time when many are exploring and questioning their identity. Thankfully, schools and other organisations are increasingly geared up to support young people during this often stressful period of their lives.
Fostering to Inspire welcomes applications from the LGBT+ community who can provide a safe and secure home environment and the emotional support to guide children and young people as they grow up and into adulthood. We recognise that the ability to provide a loving, family environment is not governed by ‘traditional’ family structures. Instead, we believe that at the heart of a caring, supportive home is the simple desire and capacity to offer love, support, compassion and understanding.
Having read this page and any other parts of our website and you feel ready to speak with us about fostering, then we would be delighted to hear from you. We would like you to know that Fostering to Inspire will be on hand to support you on every step of your fostering journey, from the first telephone call to the first day with your new young person and onwards from there. To this end, we have adopted an ‘extended family’ model of support, based upon the Mockingbird Family Model; clusters of foster families forming constellations of support with a central foster carer at its heart, acting like a ‘Grandma’ or ‘favourite Auntie’. This means that both the children and the adults that care for them can find quality, tangible support to help them flourish.
Fostering a child will be life changing both for you and the child. You will learn as much about yourself and the important things in life as the child in your care will learn from you.