The Funky Fosterers group, set up by Angus Council Social Work and Health to support the birth children of foster carers, held a fun day at Crombie Park recently.
The day at Crombie involved a range of activities for the children. They took part in nature trails, beastie hunts and pond dipping, followed by a barbeque lunch. Tayside Fire and Rescue was on hand to demonstrate to the children the safety measures that are taken when having a barbecue.
Director of Social Work and Health, Robert Peat, said: “Introducing a foster child into a family creates changes within the home. Birth children, within a foster family are sometimes in a position where they may feel they are sharing their mum and dad with another child.
“Therefore, very often it is the foster carer’s own children who can hold the key to a successful placement through building positive relationships with the children they share their home with.
“This is usually a really positive experience for the children but it can also have its difficulties, and the establishment of the Funky Fosterers group in Angus this year aims to support children who are part of a foster family. The support workers for the group offer individual support to the children and families and the Funky Fosterers meet regularly for enjoyable activities and the opportunity to discuss any of the issues involved in being part of a foster family.”
He continued: “This event was fun and really rewarding, the children have had an opportunity to mix with other group members and to take part in the specially organised ‘Funky Olympics’ games.
“Congratulations and well done to all the group members who joined in.”
Convener of Social Work and Health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “I am really impressed with Funky Fosterers - their enthusiasm to help other children who are in foster care is extremely commendable. Fostering involves everyone in the household working together and relies on building positive relationships and good communication – both within the family and through the wider support networks.
“We know that everything has its ups and downs, and so we strive to ensure that there is fun, friendship and good memories throughout the fostering experience for all. Funky Fosterers helps to achieve this by providing the support and contact needed with Social Work and Health and a range of other partner agencies”.
In the afternoon at Crombie, parents and foster children embraced the current Olympic fever and took part in a variety of fun events on offer including ‘Funky Olympics’. This featured giant Connect 4, darts, snakes and ladders, badminton, sack race, and space hoppers. The group were presented medals and certificates of achievements for their efforts.
Later on this year, the group will film some of their views for broadcast to help raise awareness of the role of birth children in foster families.