Our Foster Carers

What Do Foster Carers Do?

Apart from looking after children daily and meeting their many individual needs, foster carers come into contact and work alongside other people who play an essential part in a child’s life.

Most important amongst these are the child’s family. Foster carers have a vital role to play in enabling contact to take place. Others would include social workers, teachers, doctors, health visitors, and occasionally members of the legal professions.

Foster carers work as part of a team, and help is always available to support you with these critical areas.

Who Can Foster?

Foster carers come from all walks of life. They are a diverse group of people who represent the society that we live in today. When we consider who can foster, it’s not about your ethnic origin, your home ownership status or your sexuality. What sets foster carers apart is their personal qualities coupled with the determination to make a difference to a child or young person’s life, and we’re happy to talk to anyone who shares our vision. Just consider; can I provide a safe, caring and supportive environment for children and young people to grow and develop in?

A few practicalities of who can foster

You do need to have enough space in your home to comfortably accommodate a child and young people and their personal belongings. You also need to be able to commit to fostering on a full-time basis (exclusions may apply). Talk to us by calling: 0345 057 3845 or complete our online inquiry form for further information. We also insist that you are over the age of 25.

What are the personal qualities required of a foster carer?

Being a foster carer requires patience, selflessness, encouragement, time, commitment and a willingness to adapt to a child’s needs. To become a quality foster carer, you also need to provide a nurturing and welcoming family environment through which the child or young person can grow, feel warm and welcome, and mature into positive young adults.

Could I be a Foster Carer?

Consider how many of the following statements you tick the box for:

  • I have a good sense of humour.
  • I am energetic and enthusiastic with a positive outlook.
  • I am patient and understanding.
  • I am committed to staying the course.
  • I will accept a child for who he/she is.
  • I am willing to learn.
  • I am kind and caring.
  • I am a good listener and can empathize.
  • I have a flexible and adaptable approach.
  • I am fair, consistent, and can provide stability.

Types of Placement

Many foster carers have a definite interest in providing placements for children or young people or sibling groups on a long term/permanent fostering basis, usually for the remainder of a child’s or young person’s minority.

This generally forms part of a longer-term plan for a child or young person. In these cases, foster carers work with the children or young people to prepare them for joining adoptive or long term/permanent fostering families or for moving to semi-independent or independent living arrangements.

These usually last up to 3 months during which time a detailed assessment is made of the needs of the child or young person and the specific support services they require.

Foster carers work with the child or young person and their families for up to 6 weeks after which the child will either return home or move on.

Foster carers are able to accept unforeseen emergency placements for individual children or sibling groups, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Foster carers work with the child or young person and their families for up to 6 weeks after which the child will either return home or move on.

Placements for mothers and/or fathers and their child, where foster carers can provide guidance to parents and help them develop parenting skills

Provide a higher level of support, supervision and care for children and young people whose needs are very specific and complex.