Wondering what foster carers do?
Foster carers play an essential role in a child’s life, whether the child is in their care for a week or a number of years. Caring for a child is one of the hardest jobs there is, but it is also the most rewarding – the care provided by a foster parent is absolutely irreplaceable
Apart from looking after children on a day-to-day basis and meeting their many individual needs, foster carers will often come into contact and work alongside other people who play significant roles 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 between a child and his or her family to take place. Foster carers also deal with social workers, teachers, doctors and health visitors, and occasionally members of the legal profession.
Fostering is all about working as part of a team, and help is always available to support you. What foster carers do and the support and care they provide to children comes under three different headings.