Fostering

As a foster carer you could enable a local child to have a future they may never have had.

What is fostering?

Foster carers provide a service to children and young people looked after by the Local Authority. Just as with the role of a parent, a child who lives in your home will require your support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is important to note that foster care differs from adoption as it does not take away the legal responsibility of their birth parents and the ultimate aim is to work towards returning children to their birth parents and families.

Why do children need foster carers?

There are many different reasons why children and young people are in need of foster carers. These could be due to reasons such a family breakdown, illness or reasons such as neglect or abuse that put a child’s welfare at risk.

Can you foster?

Foster carers from all differing backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation and whether married or single, parents or non-parents are considered.

What you will be offered

  • Pre Approval Training
  • Ongoing Training
  • Your own supervising Social Worker who will visit you regularly, support you and give you guidance
  • Good rates of pay with increments as you progress through your time with the fostering agency
  • The opportunity of making a real difference to a child’s life