Fostering families: supporting sons and daughters of foster families
The Fostering Network's policy paper on the sons and daughters of foster carers.
It summarises the reasons why it is important to support the sons and daughters of foster carers and outlines the issues for them in terms of their relationships with fostered children, with their own parents and with the social work agencies.
It makes the case for ensuring that the sons and daughters of foster carers are properly valued and recognised for the role that they play in fostering; that they are consulted and involved in decisions which affect them; and that they are provided with appropriate support services which promote their mental and physical well-being.
When a positive and appropriate framework of support is in place for sons and daughters of foster carers, placements are more successful and less likely to break down.