Fostering is amazing. I love working with children and making a difference. I try to do all I can to make the child I’m looking after happy and develop. I can’t think of anything better to do
What is Fostering?
Foster Carers provide a safe and stable home for children and young people who are unable to live with their own families. Children may need temporary care because their parents are ill, have family problems or the child may have been abused or neglected.
Some children will require foster care for a few days or weeks, while others may need longer term care.
Placements can last for days, months, or years and allow children to live in a supportive and loving home.
What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Adoption and Long-Term fostering are both circumstances in which a permanent home is provided to a child. However there are differences, adoption is a process which legally removes the rights and responsibilities of the child’s birth parents and transfers to the adoptive parents.
Fostering differs from adoption, in that an adoption order ends a child’s legal relationship with their biological family, whereas a child in a long term fostering placement will remain the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents.
What kind of children and young people need fostering?
The children and young people placed with our Foster Carers are from a wide range of backgrounds and will display different behaviour depending upon their experiences. Many children have had an erratic home life which can affect how they react to everyday life, and this is why providing them with a safe, stable and loving home is so important.
Do I need qualifications to become a Foster Carer?
Many people ask us if they need qualifications to become as Foster Carer, but being a Foster Carer is not about qualifications it’s about being able to offer a vulnerable child or young person a stable home. No matter what your relationship status, gender, age, sexual orientation, skin colour, religion, or whether you have children of your own, you can be considered to become a Foster Carer.