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Friday, November 9, 2018
Foster care is the act of looking after a child when their own parents aren't able to. Learn more about foster care and the difference between foster care and adoption.
Providing foster care for a child has a lot in common with caring for a child as a parent, but being a foster carer is different to being a parent in some important respects;
There are various different ways of providing foster care. As a foster carer, you could provide a child with a home for an emergency, or short term period or on long term or permanent basis, or you could help a parent or another foster carer by providing respite care.
The main difference between fostering and adopting is to do with the legal arrangements. As a foster carer you do not acquire the
legal parental responsibility for the child, whereas adoptive carers gain legal parental responsibility for their adoptive
child following the making of an adoption order.
Fostering can be both challenging and rewarding. When considering fostering, it can be helpful to think about three main areas of challenge;
Fostering can also be extremely rewarding. It can obviously be very satisfying to watch a child begin to thrive and prosper in your care, to see that a sad child is now happy and smiling again and to know that you have made a real difference to their lives.
Some of the child who are referred for foster care have very high level needs and need very specialised forms of care to meet their
needs but most referred children have individual needs that respond well to good, wholesome, warm, stimulating, nurturing,
family based care.
Some children find it difficult to settle in foster carer for a variety of reasons. Some children settle better with some foster carers than others. Occasionally,we have to move a child to different foster carers before they really settle, but most foster placements that our fostering agency makes work out very well for the children and our foster carers.
When we ask the children in our care about their experience of living with our foster carers, we generally get a very positive response from all of them.
Fostering is not right for everyone - but most people who join our service stay the course, really enjoy their new careers as foster carers and get a whole lot of personal satisfaction out of helping children. Most of our foster carers have been with us for a good long time.
Foster care works best and carers enjoy most success if there is a good match between the child's needs and the carer's skills
and qualities and when foster carers receive really good personalised support from their fostering agency.
If you genuinely want to help children, meet the basic criteria and are open to new learning, then we could enable you to enjoy
to this level of success too. Please contact us to get started.
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