Types of Fostering Placement in London, Kent and Herts
Foster Carers are ordinary people doing an amazing job helping to transform the lives of children and young people, forever!
When starting out as a foster carers, there are many things to think about and to consider, not least the different types of fostering placement.
With our help, Foster Carers are able to make an informed decision on the type of fostering placement that is most suitable to them based on what skills and experience they have, as well as what would suit them and their family best
Here are a few of the fostering placements we offer at FosterCare UK.
Emergency fostering is unplanned and used by the local authority at short notice. Examples include a lone parent taken into police custody, or hospital, and there is no one to care for their child. Depending on the nature of the incident, longer-term plans will be considered.
Our emergency foster carers are, in effect, on-call 24/7 and are prepared to take a child into their home at any time of the night or day and have them stay for a few days.
Short-term fostering varies from as short as an overnight stay to a period of several months. Short-term foster carers provide a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their own family or a longer-term fostering placement or adoption arrangement can be made.
Long-term fostering allows children and young people to stay in a family where they can feel safe and secure, often while maintaining contact with their birth family. Our long-term fostering varies on the circumstances of the child. There are instances where the foster family will go on to adopt a child they have looked after. We consider this a very successful outcome.
Age, Gender, Ethnicity
Within these categories, foster carers will often focus on a particular age of child – babies and pre-school, or teenagers, for example – gender and ethnicity, and some may have a specialism such as looking after disabled children, unaccompanied asylum seeking children or young parents and their babies. Foster carers can look after up to three children at once, unless exceptions are made or where there is a bigger group of brothers and sisters.
We are here to help you on every step of your journey as a foster carer; from your initial enquiry, skills to foster training, throughout the approval process and beyond. Matching the right child to carer is absolutely critical to minimise the chances of a placement breakdown. We pride ourselves on the high level of support we provide to our carers and are available 24/7 to support you fully.
#Fostering is an incredibly rewarding career choice and one that provides carers with a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction.
We offer competitive pay, skills to foster training, 24/7/365 support, peer groups led by an Ambassador, respite days off and additional perks and benefits.
Interested in fostering?
Then come along to meet us. If you wish to attend please let us know in advance.
Tel: 0844 800 1941 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
(please leave you name, address, mobile and landline number.
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Alternatively, call us to run through any questions you have about on 0844 800 1941 (weekdays 9am-5pm) for an informal chat.
Register your interest and details online: http://www.fostercareuk.co.uk/application-form
Facts about fostering:
On any one day there are more than 63,000 children living with foster families across the UK and it is estimated by the Fostering Network that over 9000 foster carers are urgently needed this year alone to provide a stable, secure and caring home to a record number of vulnerable children in need.
Fostering has many forms. Foster carers can provide care in emergencies for just a few days at a time, or it can be for longer periods, sometimes throughout a child's formative years up to the age of 21.
Couples and single people of any gender. religion or ethnicity are able to foster.
To qualify, you need to be over 25 years old and have a spare bedroom in your home.