‘Thinking about it’


Annie Shafi

It’s truly amazing that so many people show interest in fostering but can’t get past the ‘thinking about it’ phase.

Literally, the majority of the people you speak to about fostering have entertained the idea in their head or have had a conversation with their partner in regards to it.

‘Finding out more’

The ‘finding out more’ stage generally takes years and if you were to guide them or give them contact details for fostering with local authority you get ‘now is not a good time because…’.

I don’t blame them as people generally we like to stay in our comfort zone, whether we are happy with where we are at or no, but because it is familiar to us we accept it.

In many cases, the real reason has to do with their suspecting that they might not be up to scratch. No-one wants to be told thanks but no thanks.

People sometimes putting off making the first contact in fostering is similar to some people have talent whether they are good footballers, people who can act a bit. They don’t pursue their talent or passion for fear of rejection or being told that they are not good enough. They can keep the dream going in their head and tell themselves they’ll do something about it when everything is hunky dory.

It’s a shame. If you want to do something in life, or you want to follow your passion then you should get up and give a good go, or you will live the rest of your life in regret and doubt the decision for not pursuing.

If you want to foster but don’t know if you will get accepted or not, there is only one way to find out and that’s by making the first contact. Fostering is one of the best things you can do because if you can give it a real go and you have the ability to help a child.

There are various reasons why people ponder fostering but don’t do anything about it, one of the reasons is the fear of commitment, having a stranger come into our house, and the list goes on.

It’s a huge leap from thinking about doing something to actually doing something, but every day a person puts it off is another day for a child with no roof, no bed, no home, no hope.

Make today the day you stopped thinking and starting doing.

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