Fostering a child with complex needs means being their advocate

Foster carer Gina Hickson shares her experience of fostering a young boy with complex needs. She explains that,

“fostering a child with complex needs means we have to be our son’s advocates and ensure that he is always getting what he needs, because he isn’t able to do this for himself.”

“Being open-minded is crucial when you care for a child with complex needs. It’s really important to understand that you’re not there to change them but to help facilitate their growth and development. Things that might seem small in another child’s development are much more significant coming from a child with complex needs. My foster son is honest, clever and funny, but he isn’t always able to express his feelings; each developmental milestone is huge for him and incredibly rewarding for us. Caring for him has made more of a difference than I could ever have imagined, and I take so much pride in his achievements.”

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