Empty nest syndrome

Experiencing ‘empty nest’ syndrome? Have you thought about fostering?

Want to talk it through with someone?

It’s the time of year when many young adults are preparing to leave home. Some will be heading to university, while others may be moving to take up a new job or have a gap year. Whatever the reason, it’s a big change in their lives, and for parents too. It’s a time to explore, to push the boundaries and do something completely different. Why should young people have all the fun?

Much as young people will be taking a significant step in establishing their independence, there will be many parents who are also feeling that it’s time to take a deep breath, make that call and find out if their long held dream of fostering could become a reality. Many of the people who get in touch with us have thought about fostering for months, or even years!  Here at AFA we have a lot of experience in making great matches between children who need someone to care, and carers who want to make a difference to a child’s life.

For many parents, having the opportunity for more “me time” will be exciting, however for many it won’t be long before it isn’t enough. Others, as the front door shuts, will feel bereft, lacking a sense of purpose and the hustle and bustle of family life. It’s a time of mixed emotions although now you have the time, the space, the energy to make a commitment.

If you haven’t already thought of fostering, now is a good time to find out more. We’re waiting for your call on 01603 559255.

Could fostering be for you?

There are children and young people across the country who are in urgent need of a safe and secure family environment. You may be a parent of adult children, or you may have worked in a childcare setting. Whatever your past career or experiences we want people who are motivated to help young people have a childhood. We provide support 24/7 and, whatever the problem, day or night, we will be there to help you.

Whether or not you have previous experience of caring for children, you still have lots to offer. Being a foster parent isn’t the same as looking after your own children, you are not trying to replace a child’s birth parents, however you will be letting a young person know that they matter. If you feel you could give a child unconditional love, then please get in touch. Email [email protected]

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