Starting on a journey to become a foster carer can be an exciting, but also very daunting. Don’t worry Fostering to Inspire is here to support and guide you every step of the way.
Fostering takes place in your own home and therefore it is essential you have at least one spare bedroom.
There are a variety of reasons why children and young people can no longer live with their birth families and need to come into foster care. We require family homes that can offer these vulnerable children and young people a safe, caring and stable environment. Fostering can be very challenging and emotive. Our fostered children and young people may have experienced past trauma and abuse which can affect who they are and how they behave. Our foster carers are tasked with transforming young lives and this can be an extremely rewarding experience for our fostering families.
Types of Fostering:
Each child referred to our service has individual care needs that may require a different type of fostering.
- Short term placements - Some children and young people may only need to be looked after for a short period of time.
- Long Term/Permanency Placements - We have foster carers who can take individual children or sibling groups on a long-term basis.
- Respite/Short Breaks - We have carers who can provide respite (emergency or planned) placements either on a regular basis or one off holiday breaks.
- Parent and Child - We provide foster care placements where parents receive support and guidance to help develop parenting skills with young children.
- Children with Complex Needs - We have a select number of foster carers who can provide care for children who have complex needs relating to disability, health needs or behaviour.
- Unaccompanied Children and Young People - There is an increasing need for foster carers who can offer care and refuge for children and young people coming from another country.
- Staying Put - We recognise the importance of continuity and continued family life for our young people moving into independence. These placements offer our 18+ young people with continuity of care and support with their education/employment in the early stages of adulthood.