What is foster care?
Foster care is about looking after children and young people when they are unable to remain with their own families. You can help to make a real difference to a young person’s life at a time when they need it most.
Sometimes foster care is only required on weekends, some for two months, some for two years and some until the child reaches independence and beyond! But in every situation there is a common goal. A stable and nurturing home.
What is a foster carer?
Foster carers play an important role caring for children and young people to make sure they get the care and support they need. From attending school and health appointments to taking part in extracurricular activities, foster carers look after the children in their care on a day-to-day basis.
A foster carer is a flexible person who can accept there are often problems for which they might feel unprepared. A foster carer is also a team player working with other members of the team - social workers, educators, friends, parents of the child’s friends, and health care professionals.
How is fostering different from adoption?
Fostering is different from adoption because the local authority in which the child lives remains responsible for them as their ‘corporate parent’. In many cases, it is also important to maintain links with the child’s family through regular ‘contact’ meetings, which foster carers will help facilitate. If you have any more questions, please get in touch!