This can be for many reasons, including relationship problems, family breakdown, parent’s illness or death, as well as abuse or neglect.
Being part of a foster family helps children and young people to work through their experiences, in a safe, caring and supportive environment.
Fostering can be amazingly rewarding as well as challenging, with the knowledge that you are making a difference to children and young people who have faced real difficulties in their lives. Without great foster carers, their future chances would be very different; you can be part of supporting them to develop the skills, emotional resilience and confidence for a better future.
Some children and young people return home but others may need a foster family until they are adults. There are different types of fostering:
Some children and young people need a home while a suitable placement is found or while issues at home are sorted out. This can be from a few weeks to a few years with many short term placements becoming long term ones. Short-term is not the same as short breaks.
Giving our foster carers a well-deserved break for weekends and holidays; all our foster carers get 23 days respite each year.
Supporting children and young people into adult life and independence.
Supporting looked-after young people, parent and child placements help the parent-to-be or new parent learn basic skills, ensuring they provide a safe and caring environment for their child.
Some children may have quite specific needs, for example a disability.
Providing emergency placements, with no planned length of stay.