Foster carers play an essential part in not only ensuring children and young people's day-to-day care but championing an individual's needs at a crucial time. At present, there are over 70,000 foster carers in the UK.
What role do foster carers play in helping children and young people?
Foster carers provide a safe haven either on a temporary or long-term basis for children or young people who are in need. They can help not only with basic needs but challenging behaviours, health, and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of foster caring?
Aside from providing a home for a child who otherwise may be displaced, as a foster carer; you can learn new skills, provide a service to your community, feed a passion for a change of career, help others around existing work, and receive financial benefits.
Are there different types of fostering?
Yes, as previously mentioned there is a short and long-term fostering. However, these are not the options if you are interested in getting involved;
- Respite Fostering when a carer takes a child for a week or two at a time.
- Fostering to adopt is the intention to adopt at the end of the fostering process.
- Supported lodgings refer specifically to young people between the ages of 16 - 21 and providing a safe space for the individual to prepare for independence.
- Private Fostering an arrangement made by the parents or those with parental responsibility for a child to be cared for by someone who is not a close relative. Note - Children's Services must be informed.
How do I find it if I am eligible to foster?
The basic requirements for someone to become a foster carer are;
- Over 21 years old
- Have a spare bedroom
In addition to the above, you will need to have patience, commitment, and good communication skills. Click here for more information