There are particular pressures associated with life in the military and sometimes parents experience problems which mean their children are temporarily unable to live with them.
During this time, children may need temporary foster care whilst their families are assisted with their problems, and their children can safely return home.
Children usually come into foster care for very short periods of time and often following a family crisis.
There are particular criteria you must be able to meet to become a Foster Carer in Cyprus. These include:
If you are a couple you must both be willing to be fully assessed
If a couple you must have been together for at least one year
You must be willing to have criminal records checks and local authority checks undertaken
You should be at least 21 years of age
You should be a member of the Armed Forces, UKBC or MOD entitled personnel
You must have adequate space for a foster child
Prospective carers must reside in accommodation provided by the military
You must agree to a full initial medical examination
You must be willing and committed to attend relevant training and to keep updated about issues pertaining to fostering
You should be confident you will stay with your present command for at least one year after approval as a Foster Carer. The process of approval and assessment can take at least 6 months but may be longer depending on individuals’ circumstances.
You cannot foster if you have a dog which is prescribed under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991.
Foster caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it can also have its challenges. To foster successfully, you will need to:
Have a sense of humour and lots of patience.
Be able to care for children or teenagers who may be upset or distressed.
Be willing to work alongside Social Workers and other professionals as part of a team.
Provide a safe and caring environment for a child or young person.
You should also think about:
How would fostering fit in with my home and work commitments?
If you have children how will they feel about sharing their home and possessions with a fostered child?
You will need to be able to keep information confidential and not discuss children’s situations with your friends or with others who do not need to know. Are you confident you could do this?
Children/young people coming into foster care will usually be placed with you when a crisis in their own family has arisen. Can you deal with an upset, angry or bewildered child?
Get in touch with Yvette Schemet, Fostering Coordinator
Tel +357 2596 2161