With several local food suppliers on the team, Foster Home Service in the Interior is trying to communicate its mission. There is a need for more nurseries in the area and they are now hopeful that more actors will want to get involved in tackling this.
We want more people to talk to their loved ones. The goal is to start good conversations in thousands of homes. We’ll try to do this in situations where good family conversations happen best, preferably around a good meal, says Solveig Morten Buraas, acting head of the Innlandet Home Care Service.
Perhaps you’ve seen the urge to have a home conversation about typical breakfast products like egg cartons and juice? The foster care service now runs local campaigns to get people to consider their own opportunities to provide care for another child. They are cooperating with many local food suppliers, and they want more.
Since we know where good conversation often occurs, it is a desire to place our message near situations and places where the family gathers, says Boras.
So far, the nursery service has teamed up with Pizzabakeren, Jafs, Bolleland and Brumunddal, among others. Everyone puts stickers on their packaging, urging them to chat while eating. The foster care service now wants to contact several representatives who might consider participating in the same way.
Young people are waiting
Bufdir (Children, Youth and Family Directorate) has the overall responsibility for finding care homes for several hundred children and young people who are always waiting for a new and safe place to live in Norway. Finding nursing homes for older children and young adults is a huge challenge, as a result of which many young people unfortunately have to wait for a very long time. In order to reduce the waiting time nationally, there is a need to hire 1,000 new nursing homes each year. Surveys show that 16.5% of Norwegians are positive about accepting an adopted child. The challenge is to get more positive people to take their commitment a step further. We simply need to get more people talking to their loved ones: Can we be a foster home?
Figures from Bufdir show that at the end of 2020, a total of 9450 children and young people aged 0-17 were living in municipal care homes in Norway. About 800 of them live in the interior. In addition, there are 40 family homes in the state and 60 emergency homes in our county. The Nursery Service is responsible for the recruitment and connection of nurseries to the child care services of the municipalities.
We’re working to ensure that as many children as possible who need somewhere else to live can move on to someone in the family or a nearby network, says Borras, adding that’s not always possible. Therefore, the nursery service still wants to hire public nursing homes.
– There is a need for more nurseries at home and in Hedmark. In particular, there is a need for more state family homes that can accommodate young people, says Boras.
On top of that, Boras says it’s important to think about whether you have the time and whether you can prioritize caring for a child or young person and that it’s about help, guidance and support.
– When interested parties contact us, we offer an information call or encourage them to register for an information meeting. Then we visit interested families, gather information from the police and childcare, and call for a 30-hour basic course. The course provides a lot of important knowledge and information about what the nursing home mission entails. You don’t have to have decided on becoming a foster home before you enroll in a course, but the whole family should be motivated. Porras says that the nursery service of course assesses people’s suitability, and adds:
Training provides a lot of information. It has a lot to do with evaluating yourself, your strengths as a caregiver and whether you have a safe family situation. Boras says you get to know yourself well.
It’s a process that often takes some time. She concludes that it is also important to recognize and understand that children have a relationship with their biological parents.
A nursery is a private home that takes care of children who cannot live with their parents.
Foster parents cooperate with the municipal child care service, and in most cases with the child’s family, on the child’s needs and the child’s future. There are different types of nurseries:
The usual nurseries are municipal. Obviously, these are the most common. Here come children of all ages who need a family and a home. Ordinary nurseries accept both children they already know and children whom the municipal child care service meets.
The family home takes in children who have great difficulty living in a regular nursing home, while emergency homes receive children who urgently need a temporary place to live. Family homes and emergency homes are state-run and managed by Bufetat. In these homes, one adoptive parent is employed by Bufetat full time.
For more information: Fosterhjem.no
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