DEAR DEIDRE: I CAN’T decide whether to look after a little boy belonging to a member of my family or whether he would be better off being fostered by strangers.
Social Services has removed the three-year-old son from one of my nieces and her partner as they were struggling to care for him.
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He has gone to live with one of my cousins but she is finding it hard as she has young children of her own and the parents of this boy are making her life a misery.
My husband and I have now been asked to look after him.
We are both in our 40s and have three teenage children who will be affected by our decision.
I wonder whether it would be best for this child to be fostered by strangers so the parents can’t pester them.
DEIDRE SAYS: Poor little soul. How sad, but you are right to realise you need to make a calm and rational decision.
Talk it through with The Fostering Network (thefosteringnetwork.org.uk).
Involve your teenagers in the discussions as their reactions will be crucial too.
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