We have had quite a few foster kids over the years. There have been ups and downs but overall I like to think that we have made a difference. We tend to take long term foster kids. However, at some point they have to move on
After that we tend to have a few short term placements. We have now reached the stage where we may have two long term ones (as I said previously, one has just joined us). It is most strange that the 15 year old looks more like the 12 year old and the 12 year old is a vegetarian
One issue about fostering that concerns me is that I have come across some cases where kids have been 'labelled'. What that means is that kids in care have an unfavourable reputation which is carried forward through their lives. Whether these reputations are deserved is a matter of opinion. When I have been to training sessions for new carers I have always tried to emphasise that if you take kids into your home you should always treat them as you would if they were your own kids.
I know that it is not easy but the main thing is to keep an open mind. I have read reports of kids that sound as if they have really serious problems. However, after a while it becomes obvious that it is not the kids that are the problem