Fostering is looking after someone else’s child or children in your home for short or long periods of time. Foster carers have day to day care of the child but the overall responsibility lies with the parents and the Council.
We need foster carers to provide the stability and family support that a child or young person may need at various points in their life when they are unable to live with their parents or in the family home. This could be due to many reasons and every case is different.
There is no such thing as a typical fostering situation so a child could be any age from new-born to 18 years old, or we may need to find foster homes where brothers and sisters can stay together.
On a practical level you’ll need to do the school run, help with homework, cook meals, and generally keep your home ticking over as normal. You will also help a child develop their confidence, self-esteem, gain independence and fulfil their potential by encouraging them, listening to their views whilst promoting their growth and development.
You will always receive help and advice from your social worker, who will attend various meetings with you, until you feel confident.
There is paperwork to keep. It’s not bureaucratic form filling, but written records of how a child is getting on in their school and the child’s care plan. The care plan is drawn up with the child, their parent/s, the child’s social worker and your own supervising social worker.
Support and payments for foster carers
Don’t worry, you are not alone. Foster carers receive a range of ongoing support and training, as well as financial support.
Read more about support available for foster carers.
Types of fostering
There are different types of fostering placements available. We particularly need foster carers for teenagers and sibling groups. There is more information on types of fostering placements.
Support for young people
Young people can find out more about foster care through visiting the Right Side of Care.
Find out more about fostering
- Fostering information pack
- Handy information for teenage children of potential foster carers
- Handy information for adult children of potential foster carers
- Handy information for extended family of potential foster carers
- Fostering statement of purpose
Taking the next step to becoming a foster carer: Make an enquiry
If you are ready to take the next step and speak to one of our team about becoming a foster carer, please fill in this short form:
One of our team will be in touch in about a week to give you some more information about fostering and how to apply to become a foster carer. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions.