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.
Find out more about fostering
You can read more information about fostering, in the fostering information pack and our statement of purpose.
- 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
Support for foster carers
Don’t worry you are not alone. View our 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.