It’s no secret that becoming a foster carer changes your family dynamic in some form, particularly with your own children. One day they have your undivided attention, the next, they’re living with a vulnerable young person who requires a lot of your time and energy. However, many birth children really enjoy being part of a family that fosters and the increased time they get to spend as a family.

We know that families who are open, supportive and working together, provide the most nurturing experience for a child in care. So, how do you make your own children feel happy and supported when you start to foster?

Here are some ways to support your birth children when fostering:

  1. Involve them in decisions
  2. Be open and listen
  3. Reassure them
  4. Help them see through the foster child’s eye
  5. Make time for them
  6. Plan family activities