In certain circumstances we may need a foster carer to look after a family, rather than just a child.
Fostering Families will usually involve caring for a mother and her children. Generally this will be because the mother is going through a difficult time or is not coping with looking after her children.
If the mother has more than one child we will often try to find a carer who can look after the mother and all of her children, so that the siblings do not have to be split up.
Fostering placements for a mother and her children are sometimes required as the result of a court referral. The decision to foster a family will generally be determined by a social worker to ensure the children are kept in a safe environment, and to give the mother support and guidance.
Usually this is because the mother does not have family of her own to turn to.
A placement involving fostering families, will require a foster carer to give the mother support and guidance with her parenting.
Although they won’t be required to parent the children themselves, carers may be needed to keep an observational report about how the mother is coping with looking after her children.
Fostering families can be a challenge, but is also very satisfying and worthwhile.
At Apple Fostering, we provide ongoing support and training for anyone who fosters a mother and her children. We also provide a fostering allowance that will cover the cost of looking after a mother and her children.
If you’d like to know more about fostering families, please call us on 0845 057 3845 or complete our online inquiry form.