Teenagers need carers who are able to listen to them and help them make sense of the world and their role within it. Patience and understanding are crucial qualities for foster carers of this age group as is the ability to lay down clear and fair boundaries.

This can be an awkward time for any young person, as they start to discover their identity and find their feet. Because of the experiences they have managed, many young people need help to improve their self-confidence. Teenagers need carers who remember the emotional and physical turmoil of being this age and can be patient and resilient in order to get past the teenager's tough exterior to reach the child inside.


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Freephone: 0800 073 0874
Telephone: 020 8545 4070
Email: fostering@merton.gov.uk