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What is fostering?

Through no fault of their own many young people aren't able to live at home. If there are no extended family members available to care for them, they may get placed in Foster Families.

Foster Families must provide warm, loving and save homes where the young people in their care can thrive and grow.

Fostering can be for short periods of time or long term. Many of our families have care for babies through to their adult life's.....and beyond.

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Fostering is providing a home for a young person.

Foster Care is about caring for a child or young person in your own home. For a whole
variety of reasons children are placed with foster carers by children’s social care services.

Some of these children may eventually return to their families. In some cases, this may take a matter of days or weeks, in others it may take much longer. Some children may go on to be adopted or some may stay in foster care on a long-term or permanent basis.

Foster care provides the opportunity for children to live in a family home environment.

Foster carers are members of the public who have been trained and assessed to care for looked after children. Foster carers work with fostered children and other relevant agencies to maintain routines and high-quality care.

Children who do live within a foster family are encouraged to develop and succeed whilst they may be experiencing a difficult period in their life.

The young people we support

Children of all ages need temporary foster care. Usually, foster carers concentrate on a specific age group according to their preference or family circumstances. Children often come into care with brothers and sisters and it is important to keep siblings together; so, it helps to have foster carers who can take two or possibly three children.

Wherever possible, children are prepared for separation and foster carers play a major role in maintaining their contact with parents. However, some children may be removed under traumatic and emergency circumstances and present with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties, they will need understanding and a sensitive and patient approach to their care.

Sometimes, a young person who has recently become a parent can be placed in foster care along with their baby. These placements  generally focus on assessing the parent’s ability to care for the child and identify support needs.

Why do young people come into care?

Children and young people need to be placed in foster care for a variety of reasons which may include:
- Breakdown of relationship with parents
- Family breakdown
- Domestic violence
- Physical abuse
- Illness or death of a parent(s)
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect
- Emotional abuse
- They may be an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child or young person

FAQS

 We understand you may have some questions around the process so we compiled a list of the ones we get asked on a regular basis. 

There is not a qualification as such, but they do go through a comprehensive process of assessment, training and checks before we approve them as carers. All our Foster Carers have had police checks, medicals and further checks as deemed appropriate under the Fostering Regulations 2011.

  • To provide the child or young person with a safe and nurturing environment
  • The Foster Carer is expected to help any fostered child to keep in planned contact with their friends and family
  • To make day to day decisions about the child’s routine care
  • To share information with Children’s Social Care and not to keep secrets or agree to keep relevant information shared with them
  • Establish clear, fair and consistent boundaries
  • Deal with negative behaviour in a positive way
  • Encourage a child’s self-esteem and positive self-image
  • Work openly with all other agencies involved
  • Help the child to be heard and listened to

The term ‘long term foster care’ is used by Social Workers to describe the needs of children for whom Children’s Social Care must find permanent alternative families for the duration of childhood.

Children’s Social Care have a duty to protect children from significant harm. They work hard to assist parents to care for their children. However, in some cases, a child may not be safe within the birth family and will not be able to return home. Such children may need adoptive parents, a long-term foster placement or other care arrangements, lasting the duration of childhood.

This will depend upon each child’s situation. Children who need permanent care will generally have plans agreed and protected by a Court Order. The decision will already have been made that a child cannot be cared for by their birth parent(s).

However, depending upon the situation there may still be benefit for a child continuing to have some contact with a parent or relative either indirectly (by letter, exchange of photographs etc) or by direct contact. If the placement is short term, there will probably be ongoing and regular contact with the birth family.

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