There are numerous ways you can help a child or young person:
- Long term fostering – also known as permanent fostering, this refers to looking after a child or young person for an extended period of time.
- Short term fostering – short term fostering can be as long as a few months, but may also be as short as a few days.
- Emergency fostering – this placement offers immediate short term care, often at short notice.
- Respite fostering – this offers other foster cares a break, or respite, from their current fostering placements.
- Parent and Child fostering- Parents (mother/father/both) can be placed in foster care together with their baby/child/children. The needs vary but specially trained foster carers look after the parent(s) and child(ren) and ensure safety while the parent(s) are assessed.
What Our Carers Say…
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Frequently Asked Questions from single parent carers
Do I need previous experience to foster?
You don’t need any specific qualifications or previous experience with children to become a foster parent – although, it will help you if you do.
What matters to us is your character and personality – your ability to stay calm under pressure, to listen and understand, and to be patient and connect with children and young people. Many people have these skills naturally or have acquired them in their careers.
As part of the assessment process your assessing working will get a pretty good idea about your strengths and any areas for development, so we can put in place the training and support you need to become an outstanding foster parent.
Do I get any breaks or holidays while fostering?
We do offer upto 3 weeks respite, your supervising social worker can give you more details about this. There is also a respite reclaim for any unused respite at the end of the year.
What training will I receive as a foster carer?
All foster carers have access to an extensive training programme annually. As an agency we pride ourselves on providing high quality training that is accessible and relevant to our foster families.
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