Hi, my name is Sprite and I will be helping you find out about what foster care means - I have already had the same experiences that you are having now and promise that like me, you will be just fine.
Foster care means that sometimes, if you’ve had a hard time at home, a social worker will help to find you a foster home and family who will shelter you and look after you with a kind friendly smile.
Once upon a time in the big wide world, there were some children who were having a bit of a hard time at home.
To make sure these children could feel safe and happy, there were people called social workers, who would help to find the children a safe, new home to live.
This story is about Sprite, who is one of these children, and his story will help you to understand what foster care means.
The social worker introduced Sprite to his foster carers. They smiled and told Sprite that they were pleased to meet him and hoped he would be very happy with them. They explained that they would do everything they could to make him feel comfortable and happy whilst he was with them.
They showed him to his new bedroom. His room was lovely and cosy, with a big comfy bed.
Sprite was even allowed to put his own pictures up on the wall!
Sprite ‘s foster family understands how difficult it can be to be in foster care and wants Sprite to know that he can talk to them whenever he likes about how he feels and anything he is worried about.
The next day, Sprite was taken to school by his foster carer. Sprite enjoyed school and got to make lots of new friends.
When Sprite came home from school he was able to watch his favourite television programme, and his foster carer made him his favourite food for dinner.
It was a bit strange at first to sleep in a different bed, but Sprite started thinking about all the many different hands that were holding his such as, the foster carer’s, the social worker’s and all the other people that Sprite‘s social worker had told him about. Sprite felt safe and knew that he was cared for.
Sprite soon drifted off to sleep, to dream of new adventures and happy times, knowing that he would not have any trouble anymore because his foster carers had made him feel part of their family and would never stop caring.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the story so far and that this book has helped you understand fostering.
Now it’s time for you to have some fun and enjoy your new adventure!