Most families keep mementoes of their children’s baby and childhood – things like first shoes or birthday cards. Very few families don’t have a photograph album with photographs of their children at every stage of their growing up. They also have a stock of stories and memories which they share with their own children over the years. However foster children’s lives are disrupted and all too often nobody keeps these memories and mementoes for them.
GLF expects foster carers to do this for foster children whilst they are living in their home. Most foster children will not stay in the same family throughout their childhood so foster carers need to be more organised than birth families at recording the significant things that happen to children.
GLF foster carers should therefore keep a photograph album or scrap book for each foster child placed with them. Photographs of the child, the foster family, places they have visited together and any other things of importance to the child should be kept in this book.
Foster carers should always write something about who the photographs are of and when they were taken. They or the child could also write an account of special events like birthday parties, outings shared or funny things which have happened.
This book will be a permanent record of the placement for the child and should go with the child when they leave the placement.
Some mementoes cannot be kept in a book so foster carers should also keep a memory box in which they store items for the child to take with them if and when they leave. Things like school exercise books or toys which the child was especially attached to but has grown out of.
Supervising social workers will ask to see children’s albums and what has been kept in their memory box from time to time.
Last Update: January 6, 2019