Just after some personal experiences from anyone who has fostered children.
We are currently exploring the idea of foster care, however have read a little on respite/emergency foster care as a starting point. We would like to 'test the waters' so to speak before proceeding with longer term foster care arrangements to ensure that we are capable of providing the most loving environment possible for our foster child/ren. Hoping someone has fostered previously and can tell us what to expect? My impression is that older children will more than likely have traumatic experiences and therefore be more difficult to integrate into a new family (which by the way, I think is so understandable) but having two young children ourselves I am apprehensive about the impact on them/what they may be exposed to.
I'd love to hear from anybody who has any personal experiences with foster care, how they started, what the training was like etc?