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Myths about fostering teenagers – debunked

One of the most common myths regarding foster care is that carers are unwilling to look after teenagers. This often occurs due to the stereotypes that they are aggressive, loud and rebellious, among other things. At Beacon Fostering, we seek to debunk this myth and show that teenagers are just as fosterable as younger children and pre-teens. Read on to find out more.

I must have experience caring for teenagers

Foster carers come from all walks of life, and regardless of whether or not you have previous experience of raising teenagers, the most important things are that you can provide a loving home and environment for a teen that enters your care, and that you are aged 21 or over. It’s all about the environment and providing care and support to those who need it the most.

Teens who come into care are troublemakers

The reasons for teens entering care are no different than those for younger children. The belief that teens enter foster care because the parents can’t handle their behaviour does not consider those who have experienced neglect or severe dysfunction within their families of origin. Their difficult behaviour is often a result of their turbulent backgrounds and experiences.

Some teens are not worth helping

Research shows that the human brain does not complete growth and development until the age of 25. Teenagers, therefore, require guidance and a nurturing environment where they can explore and shape their identities, and foster care provides a safe place for this to happen.

If you’re interested in getting into fostering in Cheshire, reach out to Beacon Fostering today.