In school and independant
Older children can be a bit more independent and will usually attend school during the day. Children will usually remain at their current school, unless they are staying with you long term. Sometimes children’s behaviour can result in exclusion from school but it is very rewarding when a child’s school attendance and reading ability improves.
They've missed out on childhood experiences
Our ten year olds have often had to take on responsibility for younger siblings or themselves, and will need to gradually trust you to do things for them. Although they maybe older in years, they might be far behind in their development.
Usual teenage issues - help is available
Obviously older children come with the challenging teenage years and the struggles of social media, bullying in schools, peer pressure, smoking and experimenting with drink and drugs. There is a team of people to support you with these issues.
Teaching a young person how to cook a meal, apply for a job and manage their money is important to help prepare them to successfully live on their own. It is extremely rewarding when you see a young person a few years later and they are in work and have a family of their own.
Fit with your family and life
We wouldn’t recommend that you foster children aged 10+, if you have younger children at home. Fostering works best when your own children are the eldest, and help children who are younger than themselves. You can continue to work when you foster the older range, but some flexibility for the school run and appointments would really help.
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