Male foster carers - offer a brilliant experience
Young people in care need good experiences, these will often come from good role models. The low percentage of male carers, sometimes leaves the yin and the yang out of whack.
The few male carers I have met have all shown brilliant qualities and are able to offer the young people different experiences, the facts are that the teams that help young people are generally very female, so while there is always a need for more carers, we need more balance to help these young people get the attention they crave and deserve.
You can be a good listener or a good talker, a part time magician or a full time comedian, you can share your hobbies, taking them to sport, letting them help on the allotment, going cycling. You can be the best dancer they have ever seen (or the worst) or you can just be there with them.
My wife and I are both foster carers and trained as such because we thought that we could learn and benefit from taking on these roles.It’s interesting to see the look of surprise on young faces when I involve them in cooking lunch or baking cakes whilst Rachel is out working or putting up shelves. These children learn from the examples displayed to them and they learn quickly.
Page last updated: 05 July 2022