Have your children flown the nest?
January can often be a difficult time for parents whose children have flown the nest. During the holiday period they come back for a few days, or even a few weeks, and the home seems livelier again, with old stories reminisced on and new ones shared.
Then January comes and everything returns to normal. The home seems emptier. Lives feel emptier.
Your children will always be your children and that will never change, but just because they have grown up and may not rely on your support as much as they used to, it doesn’t mean your parenting skills should go to waste.
You could use those skills you worked so hard to develop to welcome another child into your home - a child who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their own family and needs a place they can call home. Somewhere they feel safe.
There are many children across Slough who need a foster family to help look after them, either in a short-term or long-term capacity, so Slough Children’s Services Trust is seeking more foster carers to come forward and open up their home and family to a child in need.
Many foster carers have already seen their own children grow up and leave home, but have then decided to continue using their nurturing and parenting skills. They want to continue to be able to offer the love and support they gave their own children to make sure another child has a better opportunity in life – an opportunity to be safe, secure and successful.
Fostering is such an incredible way of making a very real contribution to society. It is a chance to make a difference to the life of a child who, through no fault of their own, may not have had the greatest start in life. You can never underestimate the impact good foster carers can have on a child, supporting them in developing opportunities to achieve and succeed in ways they may never have thought possible.
Do you now have space in your home and space in your heart to support a child in need? Could you help give a child a brighter future?
To find out more about fostering, what it involves and the support Slough Children’s Services Trust can give you, call 0800 073 0291, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Trust website.