What is fostering?
Fostering is a way of caring for a child or young person in your own home at a time when their parents and family are unable to do so. Foster carers can be single or a couple. Foster carers play a vital role in providing children safe, secure and stable homes.
Fostering is different from adoption in that foster carers do not have legal parental responsibility for their foster child. Contact with birth family is often very important for a foster children and young people.
Children and young people need fostering placements for many different reasons. Fostering may be required because the parents are going through a difficult period, or more often, the child has been abused or neglected. The reason for a child or young person being fostered is rarely caused by them, and they most often return to their birth families and own communities following being fostered.
It’s in many children and young people’s best interest to be fostered long term because adoption is not suitable for them and because their family cannot provide them with good enough parental care.
Foster care placements can last for varying durations of time, from days to years.
Foster carers are seen as professionals and receive a fee on a basis of being self employed. Foster carers provide high quality care working in partnership with the local authority and Foster care Agency.
An Independent Fostering Agency pays a weekly fee of approximately £400 for a foster child.This may be linked to the child’s needs or the professional expertise the foster carer has.
If someone wants to work from home who has an interest in looking after children and young people and they are looking for a job that will fit around their own family commitments, fostering can be the ideal solution.
All foster carers are registered and contracted to a local authority or voluntary or Independent Fostering Agency.