Members of LGBTQ+ community can provide invaluable support to teenagers who are experiencing confusion and anxiety around their own sexual identity, and those who may have experienced prejudice and discrimination in the past. LGBTQ+ carers can help young people develop a sense of pride and give them access to the community.
As an agency we want to positively represent all parts of society. We want to actively increase the number of LGBTQ+ foster carers as representation matters.
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Find out more about fostering with Chrysalis.
The main approaches we use in all foster homes are:
Teaching you how to stay Playful, Accepting, Curious and Empathic towards your child, even when the going gets tough, so they learn that they can have a safe and caring relationship with you. We know how hard this will feel at times, and our support for you is accepting, realistic, skilful, and reliable.
Every placement will be supported with Theraplay, usually weekly. Theraplay is emotionally tuned in, physical play, with nurturing touch as the basis of the interaction. Your worker takes charge of all the games, and teaches you how to do the same. The goal is to teach the child that adults can be in control as part of a safe, positive, and mutually enjoyable relationship.
The focus is on the here and now, rather than on the past. It is geared towards the child’s emotional age rather than their chronological age, and may often include games usually played with younger children. At the same time it provides experiences which help the child’s hurts to heal, and for them to receive nurturing from you.