Fostering Black Children in East London
Welcome Foster Care is an independent fostering agency that works with local authorities across London and Essex. There is a shortage of foster carers in general and in areas such as East London, where there is a mosaic of ethnicities, cultures and religions, there is a specific need for people who able to assume the rewarding job of fostering. Across the UK, there are more and more children and young people of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origin needing homes.
In a perfect world, we would be able to place vulnerable young ones from an ethnic minority coming into care with families of the same, or similar, ethnic backgrounds. If there is a shortage of foster carers in general, there is an even bigger shortage of carers for specific ethnicities. At the moment, there are many children from black families who need you to come forward and help them.
The more ethnically and culturally similar placement families are to the foster child, the better it is for the child who is then able to continue living in the culture, religion, and language of his or her heritage. Children need to have a strong sense of security and being placed with a family that is able to understand the pressures of racism and discrimination as well as the birth parents’ difficulties can provide an extra layer of protection for kids whose lives have been disrupted.
You don’t have to have special qualifications. Your age and relationship status are not factors. You can be single or married, gay or straight, male or female. What you must have is at least one spare bedroom in your home, the right to live in the UK permanently, and sufficient time to focus on meeting the needs of a child in care. You need to be in good health and you need to be patient and compassionate. During the application process, you will undergo a DBS check and a health check.
You can make a massive difference in the lives of vulnerable children with complex needs by offering them safety, security, and caring in an environment where their journey toward a positive outcome in life will be enhanced.
Their lives have been disrupted by the experience that caused them to be removed from their home and family. Being able to continue their life’s journey in a culture with which they are familiar will help minimise the trauma. These children are having enough trouble coping with losing their home and environment without losing their heritage.
To find out more about becoming a carer, what is required of you, and the education, training, and services we provide, contact us. We can discuss the application process. There are home visits and meetings with your social worker, health and police checks, and when you are approved as a carer, our support will continue. You become part of our team and our social workers are available to work with you 24/7. Welcome Foster Care provides ongoing training and generous allowances. Contact us now to start your new career as a foster carer.Back to blog