Supporting Students in Foster Care

In education, there are few things that can make a student’s life much harder. Of course, special education is a big part of this. But, one of the other big issues that can affect student’s and which you may also be called on to aide with is those children that are currently being fostered.

So, how do you go about specifically helping a foster child in a school environment?

Talk

Sometimes when a student is having a hard time the best thing that you could possibly do for them is to simply offer to talk. This can be about their schoolwork, whatever might be causing any trouble for them – as far as reasonable – or even just about their favourite hobbies. Having an adult that takes an interest outside of the home environment, especially if they are struggling, can be one of the best ways to support a child in this special circumstance.

Update the Fosterers

As much as possible and as often as possible, the foster carer needs to be aware of any situations and issues that may be arising for their child. Especially as it may allow them to liaison with their fostering Manchester agency, or whatever area you happen to be in, office and mediate for a better solution. This is particularly important if behaviour issues are at the heart of the problem overall.

Offer Extra Help for Fosterers

If a foster carer comes to you or not, it could always be a sign of good gesture to offer them extra support. In most cases, this is best as extra materials to help their child work more fluidly through a particular school issue. The more involved they are, the better for the child. So, facilitating that involvement as much as possible through schoolwork or even extracurricular activities can be the best step for you, as the teacher, to take.

Try to be More Understanding

A student acting out or doing poorly in class can be a very frustrating situation for a teacher to go through. Yet, as a teacher dealing with varied education needs it is always important to think ahead and try to understand where certain student’s are coming from. That level of understanding, at the end of the day, could the difference between a good working relationship with them and not.

Be Prepared for Hard Days

There will always be good and bad days in everyone’s lives. For a child going through a tumultuous situation, in particular, you may find there are more bad than good days at times. Keeping this in mind and facing them head on is the only way to help try to not let this affect the student’s education as much as possible. Be understanding, but firm. And if the problem persists, do involve their foster carer.

At the end of the day, the foster carer relies on teacher’s to relay important information and be their educational support. In the same way, a foster child is depending on the adult’s in their lives to help them as much as possible. So, it is vital that you give extra consideration to these students and make sure you are prepared for the inevitable bad days. As well as all the good ones too.