17 May 2012>
Foster Care Fortnight is well underway and Caerphilly County Borough Council is encouraging people to do something amazing and become a foster carer.
Kevin* is nine years old and has been looked after by his extended family for almost eight years. Most recently he has been living with his great grandmother, but it is becoming more and more difficult for her to care for him. Therefore he needs a foster family who can look after him.
Kevin is a lively and outgoing little boy, although he can also be very sensitive and caring. Kevin does need to feel in control of situations and can sometimes become upset if he does not get his own way.
Kevin has difficulties with boundaries and will respond to rules by pushing these boundaries. Therefore carers who are able to set boundaries and stick to them would be perfect for Kevin.
Kevin has very recently been diagnosed with ADHD and is on medication. He can be reluctant to take this medication as it is new to him; therefore an encouraging and supportive environment is essential.
It is unsurprising that Kevin sometimes appears untrusting, as the amount of family he has lived with in his short life has left him confused. He will need carers who are reassuring and can provide him with the love and affection he truly needs. It is felt that Kevin would benefit greatly from a two-parent family who can provide him with a positive male role model and who can work with Kevin to control his sometimes challenging behaviour.
If you think you have what it takes to offer a child like Kevin the love, care and stability he needs to help him achieve his full potential, please pick up the phone and call Caerphilly's fostering team on 0800 587 5664 or go to www.caerphilly.gov.uk/fostering for further information.
*Name has been changed.
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