They come into foster care for a variety of reasons and we have a number of foster care placements reflecting this. Each individual child and their foster carers are offered the specific support required as identified by their social worker.
Traditionally, fostering has been for children and young people aged 0-18. As of April 2016, following changes in legislation, young people will be entitled to remain in foster care if they choose to do so until they are aged 21. This is to support some young people who may not yet be ready to achieve independence and leave home when they reach 18 years of age. There are many different types of fostering you can choose to specialise in, our Recruitment officer can talk to you in more detail about the option that might best suit you.
Short term foster care consists of caring for a child, young person or young adult for several weeks or months whilst problems at home are resolved or alternative arrangements are established for their future, such as living with an alternative family or long term fostering.
Long term foster care involves offering a child or young person (0-18+) a stable foster home. As a foster carer you will provide them with a secure environment and care for them until they are an adult and ready to live independently.
As a foster carer you can provide short breaks for disabled children and young people who still live with their parents or families. There are many young people and children with a disability who need a foster family. This can include children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairments or a combination of these. Families of disabled children are more likely to experience family breakup so these regular breaks offer vital support to both the child and his/her family. It’s an opportunity for young people and children with a disability to have fun, gain independence, learn and develop with their short break foster carer whilst families get to take a much needed break from their 24-hour caring.
Respite foster care offers a short stay to a child or young person, who lives with their own family or foster carers. This allows the family or carers to have a break from caring and supports the child to remain in a stable placement.
Parent and child together (PACT)
This type of foster care involves a parent and their child(ren) living with you. In this situation you can offer them guidance, support and advice in parenting duties and promotion of parenting schools. You will be involved in contributing to any on-going assessment of their parenting skills.
Remand foster care
Involves looking after young people who are remanded by the courts into public care. These placements are usually short term and require you to work closely with the youth offending/justice team.
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