Fostering is a way of providing a safe, stable and caring home for a child/young person who is unable to live with their parents.
Children/young people come into the care of local authorities for many reasons. Some children/young people require a foster home for a short time, others much longer. Many children/young people are unable to live with their families and have experienced unimaginable things. As a result their expectations of themselves and others around them may be quite low.
Your role as a foster carer is to understand and listen to the child; walk alongside them in their life, acknowledge their experiences and support them to thrive. A caring relationship between a foster carer and a looked after child/young person can help them reach their true potential, in spite of their experiences.
New home. A home for the foster child, a new start, loving family and help.
Helping others is extremely satisfying. Knowing that you are providing a child/young person with a stable environment when he or she needs it most is one of the most positive aspects of fostering.
We believe that fostering a child/young person brings many rewards. The best reward is seeing a child/young person overcome their challenges, fulfil their own ambitions in life and achieve their true potential.
Fostering offers opportunities to expand your skills through training courses. These are aimed at helping you to deliver a quality service to children/young people in your care. Some of the skills associated to fostering are also transferable across other areas of your life. Carers and their families can also benefit from their involvement with fostering and through the delivery of our training programmes.
Monetary allowances will be provided to support each child/young person in your care. It also, makes it possible for you to open up your home and allow the child/young person to benefit from a stable home environment that might not otherwise be available to them.
Prospective foster applicants need to:
Foster carers talk about the challenges and the rewards of fostering. Hear from a teenager who explains the positive impact that being fostered has had on her life. Long term, short term, respite and emergency foster care all feature.