Fostering

Why Foster

People decide to become Foster Carers for many different reasons but the main reason is that they want to make a difference in a child's life. Not everyone who decides to become a Foster Carer has had children of their own but feel they have the time, patience, warmth and love to give to young people who cannot live with their own families. A number of our Foster Carers are ‘empty nesters’ whose children are now grown up and they enjoy having the noise and fun that children bring to a home.

Being a Foster Carer and providing a secure and stable home does not just change the lives of the children you are fostering but can change generations. In your care, children can learn what it takes for families to be stable, abuse-free and safe. With your support they will grow up to provide security and safety for their own children.

There are children who just need a safe place to call home with Foster Carers that will look out for them and make them feel that they do have a future. A Foster Carer provides all aspects of support for the child, from helping them to choose what college course to aim towards to lending a sympathetic ear during tough times.

Whatever the reason, fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. Our Foster Carers tell us that it is a hugely satisfying, rewarding and fun career which gives you the opportunity to make a positive, long-lasting difference to a child’s life.

If you would like to find out more please get in touch by accessing the 'Contact' tab above where you can send through an email using the 'Send a message to this service' tab or telephone on the number provided in the 'Contact' tab.

Types of Placements

The type of fostering placement required depends on the particular needs of the child in question.

Different types of foster placement include:

  • Short Term - Provides a placement for a few weeks or months (up to a year) while plans are made for the child’s future.
  • Long Term /Permanent - Not all children who need to permanently live away from their birth family are able to be adopted; and some continue to have regular contact with their birth families. These children and young adults need a secure long term home until they reach adulthood.
  • Emergency Placements - Provides a placement for a child offering somewhere safe to stay for a few nights up to 72 hours.
  • Respite and Holiday - Where foster carers offer pre-arranged respite to children for up to two weeks whilst their long term carers take a short holiday if required.
  • Short Breaks/Family Link - When children who are disabled, have special needs or have behavioural difficulties have a pre-planned, regular placement to provide their parents with a shorts space of time to go shopping and spend time with other siblings.
  • Parent and Child – Provide a home and support to parent/parents and child/children and assist in the completion of a 12 week assessment programme.
  • Foster to Adopt – When babies or young children are placed with Foster Carers who may go on to adopt them.
  • Supported Lodgings – Carers who can prepare young adults aged 16 to 21 for independence.
  • Fostering an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child (UASC) - This is where a non-British child has arrived alone into the country and claimed asylum, and is cared for by Foster Carers in the UK. Unless the child can be returned safely to their country of origin they will be allowed to stay in the UK until they are at least 18.