What is foster care?

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Whilst fostering, things may change for you or for the child. Fostering for You will help guide you through what we expect to be a mutually rewarding experience and will be on call, for that extra bit of advice or support whenever you need it.

Many carers have enjoyed the reward of knowing that they have made a real and  lasting difference in a child’s life. Fostering also provides an opportunity for you to, make full use of valuable child rearing skills, realise your own potential and earn an income in your own home. It can be a uniquely positive and life changing career choice.

Types of Fostering

We offer several types of foster placements to out carers, including the following:

Long Term placements: Where it is formally agreed for a child to be with you for a number of years to grow up in a settled home

Short term or ‘bridging’ placements: For a period of anything from a few days to 2 years, where there is a plan for the child to return home or move to a long term placement or adoption

Respite placements: To provide a break for a child’s parents, from overnight to a few weeks of care. Learn more

Emergency placements: For when a child needs an alternative home as an emergency because of unforeseen circumstances.

Parent and Child placements: For when the looked after child is also a parent and so is placed in foster care with their own child because they still need nurturing and guidance.

Special Behavioural Needs: Sometimes we have children who require more experienced and resourceful carers who are equipped to give them intensive care and attention.

These will be children who come into foster care presenting particularly challenging behaviour. Often these children may have suffered severe emotional damage, because of past experiences, making it difficult for them to adapt to normal boundaries and expectations.

We also welcome foster carers who are interested in developing the skills, and who have the commitment, to care for a child with a disability.

Children may have a range of disabilities including:

* Physical disabilities (Cerebral palsy, Spina bifida, etc)

* Various forms of autism

* Severe learning difficulties

* Complex health needs (requiring specialist equipment, monitoring, medication or feeding etc)

You don’t need to have experience of working with disability but you do need to be prepared to learn about the needs of children with disabilities and have a commitment to meeting them.

Being that carer who is able to invest the extra time, mental and/or physical effort often required to care for a child with these kinds of challenges, makes you especially sought after. If you feel you are this kind of person then we would love to hear from you.

We will provide you with all of the support and training that you need to give these children the best possible care. This will include the provision of any specialist equipment and the adaptations that may be needed and an enhanced fostering allowance that reflects the extra costs, time and energy that is often involved.

Want to find out which placement types could be right for you?

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Requirements to be a foster carer

There are 4 basic requirements that you should meet, if you would like at begin a career in fostering. However, during your discovery call with us, we will learn more about you and your current situation, to find out if fostering could be right for you at this time.

  1. You must have a spare room in your home
  2. You must have a desire to provide warm and nurturing care for children
  3. You must be over the age of 25
  4. You must be a permanent resident in the UK

Can you say YES to all four of these requirements?

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Benefits and support package for special needs fostering

Sometimes we have children who require more experienced and resourceful carers who are equipped to give them intensive care and attention. We therefore welcome foster carers who have the commitment, and interest in developing the skills to care for a child with a disability.

* Specialist equipment and other provisions.

* Additional paid respite including an enhanced holiday allowance

* Childcare and enhanced carer support from support workers and supervising social workers respectively.

* Assistance with transportation

* Therapeutic input from a child psychologist

You will have the opportunity to learn new and important skills (e.g. a sign language) and you will have the reward of knowing that you are making a real difference in a disadvantaged child’s life

A Social Worker from our team is assigned to assist carers who are looking after a child. Additionally, our Social Worker in partnership with our clients Social Worker ensure that all the welfare requirements of the child are met.

Have any questions about your next steps?

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