AdvertisementCould you become a foster carer?Personal attributes aremore important than theeducational backgroundmarital status or sexualorientation of potential fostercarersbackground, mertonMr Butcher said: "We are looking for peoplewho are calm and patient and have the abilityto relate well to children and young people.A sense of humour is also important. Youdon't need to be a parent but you do need todemonstrate an aptitude for relating to youngpeopleA social worker is keen to dispel myths whichmay be preventing residents from becomingfoster carersEach foster parent is assigned a socialworker, who visits their home regularly toSteve Butcher, an assessing social worker provide, support, guidance and practicalfrom Merton council's fostering recruitment information. Each fostered child also hasteam said: "It is a myth that we are looking for their own social worker who is in frequentperfect families'. If you've had trauma in your contact with the family. Extra support is justown life, or you've been bereaved, you could a phone call away with a 24-hour helpline runuse your experience to support children who by Merton council.may be going through something similar.A common misconception is that childrencome into foster care because of difficultbehaviour but they are often in care because misunderstanding. Mr Butcher said: "Try toof problems at home, for example, there may see behind the stereotype you read about inhave been domestic violence or drug abuse. the newspapers and you will find a person. AThere is plenty of support available, lot of people think that teenagers are troubleright from the start. Every prospective but many of our foster carers tell us thatfoster parent is required to complete a looking after teenagers is easier than caringthree-and-a-half-day training course, as part for a baby who won't sleepof the application process. Mr Butcher said: To find out more about fostering a child, visit:This prepares you for some of the challenges www.merton.gov.uk/fosteringyou may face. It is also an opportunity for youto decide whether fostering is right for you Call 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 orand your family."There is currently a shortage of fosterren carers in Merton for siblings and teenagerswhich could simply be down to anotheremail fostering@merton.gov.uk

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Advertisement Could you become a foster carer? Personal attributes are more important than the educational background marital status or sexual orientation of potential foster carers background, merton Mr Butcher said: "We are looking for people who are calm and patient and have the ability to relate well to children and young people. A sense of humour is also important. You don't need to be a parent but you do need to demonstrate an aptitude for relating to young people A social worker is keen to dispel myths which may be preventing residents from becoming foster carers Each foster parent is assigned a social worker, who visits their home regularly to Steve Butcher, an assessing social worker provide, support, guidance and practical from Merton council's fostering recruitment information. Each fostered child also has team said: "It is a myth that we are looking for their own social worker who is in frequent perfect families'. If you've had trauma in your contact with the family. Extra support is just own life, or you've been bereaved, you could a phone call away with a 24-hour helpline run use your experience to support children who by Merton council. may be going through something similar. A common misconception is that children come into foster care because of difficult behaviour but they are often in care because misunderstanding. Mr Butcher said: "Try to of problems at home, for example, there may see behind the stereotype you read about in have been domestic violence or drug abuse. the newspapers and you will find a person. A There is plenty of support available, lot of people think that teenagers are trouble right from the start. Every prospective but many of our foster carers tell us that foster parent is required to complete a looking after teenagers is easier than caring three-and-a-half-day training course, as part for a baby who won't sleep of the application process. Mr Butcher said: To find out more about fostering a child, visit: This prepares you for some of the challenges www.merton.gov.uk/fostering you may face. It is also an opportunity for you to decide whether fostering is right for you Call 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or and your family." There is currently a shortage of foster ren carers in Merton for siblings and teenagers which could simply be down to another email fostering@merton.gov.uk

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