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What it is like to be fostered by Kristal

When you first come to a new family, you may feel a bit of anxiety and be worried about it, you might feel awkward about being there, but really every family I have been with have been so welcoming. If you feel your placement isn't going well, it's really important that you feel you can talk to your social worker about it, because its important that you are happy and comfortable in the environment that you're living in. I personally found it difficult to speak to my social worker, and that was because we didn't have a good relationship and I didn't feel I could trust her.

If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to or you want something changed then it's important that you check out our Complaints and Advocacy section, (which you can get to from the main page). Basically your foster family and social worker all want what is best for you, so just by talking to them it can make things so much better, and don't feel nervous about it because if you're willing to talk then they will listen. Foster care isn't always that good, some people find it easier than others, and no two people have the same experience. follow them, just like anyone else.

Everyone's situation is different and so their experience will be as well. Sometimes what you think is best for you, your foster carers may not agree, there will be rules and you will have to follow them, just like anyone else.

Everyone copes with things differently, I found it difficult being moved to a new area, away form my school and friends, but this can also give you new opportunities to meet new people and explore new places. After a while you'll settle in and make new friends, and still get to see your old ones. It's important that you keep in contact with the people who are important to you and you need to tell your social worker who they are. Some people work on a life storybook, which is where you record all your life into a book, with pictures. It is completely your own and you can look at it whenever you need to. It's a way of remembering things, which are special to you.

Like any other family you have to be willing to work at the relationship with your new foster family, and it won't be easy (trust me :) But it will be worth It!