Foster a child

Fostering is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents. Their parents might be going through a difficult time or be ill. Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved. Fostering helps children prepare for the next move. That could be returning home, long term fostering, becoming an independent adult or finding a new family through adoption.

We need all kinds of carers to offer a range of placements from long and short term to specialist pieces of work with children facing challenges in their lives. We will offer you an excellent financial package and all the local training and support you need at any time of day. There is a huge need for more foster carers so that children can be matched with families who best reflect the child's background and culture and so that, wherever possible, children can be placed near to their own families, schools and communities.

A child can need foster care for many reasons:

  • A member of the family has a drug or alcohol related problem which seriously affects the safety or care of the child
  • There are major problems and tensions in the family and children feel that they need to be away from home for a while
  • The child has been physically or sexually abused or seriously neglected by someone in the home
  • Families of disabled children or children with behavioural difficulties may benefit from short breaks, where the child enjoys time in a new environment and the parents have some time to themselves
  • A young person has been remanded into foster care by the court
  • A child is an unaccompanied refugee or asylum seeker

Could you make a difference to a child's life today?

You could be a foster carer if:

  • You are over 21 (there is no upper age limit)
  • You have some experience of children and/or young people
  • You are single, married or living with a partner of either gender
  • You have a healthy lifestyle

As long as you have time to meet a child's needs, we can work with you to become a foster carer. A social worker will come to your home and talk about fostering in more detail, meet the other members of your household and people who know you and help you to make a decision. Then we carry out assessments and checks and you’ll start to get trained in becoming a foster carer

  • You and your social worker attend a fostering panel who will make a recommendation about your suitability to foster. The fostering service will then make a decision based on this recommendation
  • If you are successful, your social worker makes all the arrangements for a child to come and stay with you

It doesn't end there - we are always here to help. Get in touch with us and begin to find out if fostering is right for you. It's easy - just give us a call on 01432 383240