When my unaccompanied minor from Albania arrived
When I was approved as a foster carer my first placement was an unaccompanied minor from Albania. I was anxious and excited at the same time, I was still working part- time in a primary school and was wondering how I would juggle my work around fostering as I did not want to leave my job just in case fostering did not work out for me.
When my unaccompanied minor from Albania arrived with his social worker he arrived looking tired and having not bathed for weeks, he also had no extra clothes other than the dirty clothes he travelled in, I felt very sad seeing him like this and wanted to buy him clothes straight away. The social worker explained to me the terrible journey and experience he had endured during his journey on a lorry here including not eating well or sleeping well and having very little understanding of the English language. I managed to use the online google translator to communicate with him and explain what was going to be discussed with the social worker such as basic house rules. When he first arrived, he had no friends and family support system which in turn meant he had no-one to turn to which had an impact on his mental and emotional welfare. He arrived not knowing what to expect, what sort of family he would be living with and what is expected of him, which was very overwhelming for him at first. I enrolled him in suitable college so he can make friends and study with children his age.
The looked after child had all his health checks and appointments made by me to make sure the child has no medical concerns and all that all his immunisations are up to date. I also supported the looked after child with all his home office and solicitor appointments to make sure he applies for the appropriate immigration status and help him to understand his legal rights.
My Albanian foster child stayed with me for one and a half years. He settled in comfortably and socialised well with my family and relatives, he picked up the English language and learnt about different cultures, we learnt a lot from his culture too. I enjoyed having him in my house and half way through fostering I left my part- time job and have continued fostering. I look forward to what the future holds, and helping the young children that are in need.
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