What is fostering?

What is fostering?

There are a number of reasons as to why some children are unable to live with their own birth family, therefore, they need somewhere safe where they can live.

This safe place is a foster home, where children can live for a few days, weeks, months or even years.

Foster carers provide the stability and family support that a child or young person may need at various points in their life when they are unable to live with their parents or in the family home. They provide a child / children with all things that any family would – food, warmth, shelter, love, care and support.

There is no such thing as a typical fostering situation, so a child could be any age from newborn to 18 years old, or we may need to find foster homes where brothers and sisters can stay together.

On a practical level you will need to do the school run, help with homework, cook meals, and generally keep your home ticking over as normal. You will also help a child develop their confidence, self-esteem, gain independence and fulfil their potential by encouraging them, listening to their views whilst promoting their growth and development. However, you will never be alone. Your supervising social worker will be on hand to help, advise and guide you every step of the way.