CFFA encourages foster parent support group meetings which are chaired, and organised, by the foster parents themselves. CFFA will be supporting with the venue, refreshments and any arrangements suggested by the foster parents.
Foster Parent Support groups gives an opportunity for foster carers to meet, discuss and examine issues that arise whilst looking after children. These group activities will allow foster parents’ skills and knowledge to develop and help in the future.
Studies show that foster parents find it useful to be part of a group where everyone can appreciate and discuss the difficulties and rewards of looking after other people’s children. Support can be practical: it can include advice and often involves emotional support, particularly if you are experiencing a demanding period with a child in your care. It can also be a useful opportunity for carers and social workers to identify needs for further group training.