The Fostering Network Wales has produced a guide aimed at helping fostering services engage more effectively with male foster carers. Men Are Good Foster Carers Too raises the issues that male foster carers face as well as providing information on how to support them.
For many children in care, living with a male foster carer has been their first positive experience of an adult male. This gives the child the chance to explore how to form trusting relationships with men and have contact with men who understand their needs.
This guide focuses on how to make male foster carers feel more connected and less marginalised within their fostering services. It aims to help fostering services engage more effectively with their male foster carers by raising awareness of the challenges they face while exploring the ways in which they acknowledge and support men. It is part of a package of support that the Fostering Network offers, including the book Men Who Care and learning and development opportunities.
This guide is funded by the Big Lottery as part of the Fostering Communities project in Wales.
Freda Lewis, director of the Fostering Network Wales, said: “Male foster carers have so much to offer. Over 40 per cent of all foster carers are male, and it would be a huge loss for fostering throughout Wales and the UK if they left due to lack of support.
“Positive male role models can be a real asset to a child who has not had one before.”
You can download the guide from the Fostering Network website.