Children and young people that need to live with foster carers are from a wide range of backgrounds, from families just like yours, and we need carers that reflect this. There is no blue print in terms of marital status, parenting experience, sexuality, gender, culture, ethnicity, employment status, home ownership etc. However, you must be able to provide a safe, secure, stable, loving environment that will enable children to develop, succeed, feel valued and retain their own identity while they live you. There is no upper age limit, but you will need to be over 21 years of age.You need to be interested in children, flexible, enjoy working as part of a team, have a spare bedroom available for fostering and a willingness and commitment to your training and development as a foster carer.
Foster carers provide exactly what you might expect in terms of meeting a child’s day to day needs. Alongside providing care and a home you will need the ability to make children feel safe, secure, valued, encouraged, supported and listened too. A tall order we know, but nothing less than any child might expect from their carers.Fostering does take time, energy, and commitment but our existing carers will tell you that as well as being challenging, it is worthwhile and rewarding.
As a foster carer you would have an allocated supervising social worker who will ensure you receive appropriate advice, support, supervision and training. We also have an out of hours advice line that is staffed by people who will know you, your family situation and the children placed with you. They will therefore be able to offer timely, appropriate advice.There will be a range of training available that is relevant to the fostering task. As a foster carer you will be required to attend training and development sessions. We recognise that the fostering task is complex and challenging and that carers need to be appropriately skilled and supported to manage the task effectively.