You don’t have to have your own back garden to be able to foster a child, but it is important to provide access to exercise and outdoor play at local parks, woods, or any other suitable outdoor activity.
Having a garden is a relative luxury in this day and age where urban areas are becoming dense with housing and offices. If you are fortunate enough to have a back garden, then this can act as a therapeutic area, not just for your own family but for foster children as well. Gardens by their very nature are calming with grass, trees and greenery and can act as a special space for thought and reflection. An oasis of calm in nature that allows children to run around, get exercise, feel happy and energised.
This article explores how the garden can benefit the whole of the fostering family and the safety measures foster carers should put in place. For further information, click here.