Kibru and Keleme - Camden Fostering

Kibru and Keleme

Kibru and Keleme have been fostering for Camden since 2005. Below they talk about how and why they started fostering and how the experience has been so far.

Why did you get into fostering?

Keleme and I initially became interested in fostering in order to fulfil our desire to support and help unaccompanied minors from Ethiopia, many of them were looked after by foster carers who did not address their cultural, linguistic and other social needs. On many occasions the problems of unaccompanied minors were raised in our community as well as at the Refugee Council – where I used to work at the time.

We became determined and committed to make a real difference to unaccompanied minors. We then approached an Independent Fostering Agency that had already set up a fostering project for Ethiopian and Eritrean children, and after our approval the Agency placed two Ethiopian unaccompanied siblings on a long term basis. After a few years with the Agency we decide to foster for Camden.

How would you describe your experience of fostering so far? What are the highlights and challenges?

Initially we were anxious about how we could manage behaviours of looked after children, accommodating their cultural and family values, likes and dislikes, and how they integrate into our family set up etc. Once we started fostering, we had siblings from Ethiopia placed with us, who became used to the routines and gradually built our confidence. In fact having our first placement from the same cultural background as ours enormously helped to allay our fears and anxieties and also enabled us to offer a high standard of care.

We have been fostering for Camden for over 10 years now, and during this time we have had children from different background and nationalities. Fostering children whose ethnicity and culture is different from ours helped us to learn about other people, and to appreciate diversity and respect differences.

Successful fostering involves welcoming children into your home and family, understanding and accepting who they are, reassuring their safety and wellbeing and building positive rapport, setting boundaries and providing support in accordance with their care plan.

Although it sounds like a cliché to us the satisfaction and positive feelings we get from fostering outweigh the challenges and the hard work that come with it.

Would you encourage other people to become foster carers?

Yes we would. In our opinion, fostering and adoption is a great opportunity for people to make a real difference to children and young people who are in need of care, and we encourage people to become foster carers.

Apart from its generous remuneration package, fostering for Camden has numerous benefits for foster carers. It has an excellent training and development programme, offers exemption to council tax for local residents, a high level of support from supervising social workers, with recognition and appreciation from managers and directors, the annual award ceremonies for foster carers and other events make fostering with Camden an interesting and enjoyable experience.

The Camden Association of Foster Care (CAFC) represents and provides support to foster cares and works in partnership with the management to facilitate and resolve any issues regarding fostering.

Contact

 

If you have questions about fostering or want to have an informal chat about your individual circumstances then please get in touch. Equally, if you are ready to start an application then we would love to hear from you. 

Email [email protected] to find out more about fostering for Camden.

We'll send you an information pack and be in contact within 2 working days.

You can also call us on 020 7974 6783 or 0800 028 1436 (Freephone).

Open evenings

We hold information sessions throughout the year for people interested in fostering.

These give an overview of fostering, different types of placements, what fostering for Camden is like and gives you a chance to speak with a fostering social worker in an informal setting.

For more information and to book a place to attend, please contact the fostering team or call 020 7974 6783.

Our open evenings start at 5pm and finish at 6pm, unless stated. Please join the virtual meeting promptly. However if you would like to discuss fostering with us please call our duty.