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by meggf (follow)
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Many people shy away from fostering because they are afraid they will get too attached to the child and then have to send them home to their parents. Would you consider fostering a child? What about a teenager? There is a desperate shortage of foster families for teenagers.

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I would struggle to give up a new baby, but I would love to foster a teenager as I know how troubled they are at that age and how desperate for carers they are.
Having worked in the department that finds, trains and allocates foster carers it's something that I have considered and will continue to consider. The time is not right for us at the moment due to a huge number of other commitments as well as 2 young children (and hopefully a few more!).
I would not foster any child, for the very reason
they would one day have to leave.

Teenagers would be too hard for me, I feel.
by jonaja
This is one very big commitment. I would consider it when my own children have graduated from high school. I know this may sound selfish, but I want to be present for my children.
by Vee
I don't think it sounds selfish, I think it sounds realistic!
by meggf
A friend of mine currently fosters a 5 year old boy whose parents are going through a bit of trouble. Not sure how long she'll have him as yet.
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