‘IT’S HELPED OUR THINK­ING AND UN­DER­STAND­ING’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SIGNING UP -

FOS­TER car­ers who at­tended the meet­ing on Tues­day said the sup­port pro­vided by both the ini­tia­tives had made a big dif­fer­ence to how they looked af­ter chil­dren. Their sur­names have not been given here to pro­tect the chil­dren in their care. Andrew and Jackie have been fos­ter­ing for 33 years, and praised the im­pact of the TRP scheme. Andrew said: “It’s made a lot of dif­fer­ence to the sup­port we get, which en­ables us to do the job far more ef­fec­tively. “It’s helped our think­ing and un­der­stand­ing of the chil­dren placed with us. “At the be­gin­ning it’s slow, be­cause both the chil­dren and you are try­ing to un­der­stand each other, but it’s one of those things that be­comes sta­bilised. “The out­ra­geous be­hav­iour at the be­gin­ning tails off, they be­come lov­ing and em­pathic. “Em­pa­thy is some­thing that th­ese chil­dren don’t have when they ar­rive. “They have to learn that adults have a role in their lives.” Mag­gie has been a fos­ter carer for more than 20 years, and is reg­is­tered with the MTF pro­gramme. She said: “I wish I’d had this pro­gramme for my lad many years ago, I would have been able to help him a lot sooner.”

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