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The difficulties teenagers face in the foster care.

To become a successful foster carer, it is important to empathise with the child in your care. Teenagers often have very unique problems and many fostering services struggles to find homes for them.

In comparison to younger children, teenagers are often more established in their identities. They will often have to relocate from schools and friend groups once entering the foster care system. Coupled with the natural emotional and physical stresses of being a teenager today, it can be very difficult to adapt.

Also, a burgeoning sense of independence can lead teenagers to be resentful of being placed in the care of somebody perceived to be more knowledgeable of their needs.

This can lead to disruptive behaviour, which often puts prospective carers off adopting teenagers.

Team LondonFostering Blog.