In some situations, a parent and child foster placement will be required. This will often be for a mother and baby, but could also be for a father and baby, or a parent and older child.
A parent and child foster placement is sought in situations where it is preferable not to separate the parent and child, and to have them cared for together.
Generally the parent and child will be placed in your home and you will be responsible for giving help and guidance to the parent to aid them with their parenting role.
This will ensure that the parent gets the support they need, and that the child is well looked after in a secure and nurturing environment.
Fostering placements for a parent and child are often used as an alternative to residential care.
A social worker will decide whether a parent and child foster placement is the best course of action.
During this kind of placement, a foster carer will need to provide support and guidance to the parent to help them develop their parenting skills.
The foster carer may need to complete observational reports after observing how the parent is caring for their child.
It is preferable that a parent and child foster carer will have been a parent themselves or have had experience of childcare.
The other qualities we look for in foster carers for these types of placements are:
This type of placement takes dedication, but gives the foster carer an enormous sense of satisfaction at being able to help both a young parent and a child or baby.
If you’d like to know more about parent and child foster placements, please call us on 0845 057 3845 or complete our inquiry form.