Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s a privilege to watch children’s smiles widen and their dreams take flight – witnessing the impact of your own hard work, care and compassion is an extraordinary thing. Foster care london is also a demanding role. For many of the children who live in foster families, it is their first positive family life experience.
Is being a foster parent a job ?
A complex network of services and professionals work to meet the needs of a child in care. This includes foster carers who provide the day-to-day care. Children enter foster care for a variety of reasons including short-term illness or parental breakdown, or because they have been at risk or experienced neglect or abuse.
We want people from all backgrounds, religions and cultures to consider becoming a foster carer. You don’t need a big house, or even a spare room, to become a foster carer. You can be married or single, a homeowner or a tenant and you can be any age over 18.
Different types of foster care
There are many different types of foster placements in England, and each type is designed to meet the specific needs of a child. These include emergency foster care, short-term or short-breaks fostering (respite), remand fostering, kinship fostering and specialist therapeutic fostering. The local authority decides which type of foster care is best for a child and matches them with a foster family. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, you will be assessed by a social worker from the local authority.