What is foster care?
Foster carers look after children or young people who are unable to live with their own families. This may be due to illness in the family, relationship breakdown or concerns about their welfare. Foster carers provide these children and young people with a safe and nurturing family environment, caring for them as any ‘normal’ parent would. There are several types of foster care. Some foster carers may look after a child for a few nights, weeks or until they reach adulthood.
What should I expect?
Fostering, like parenting, can be very rewarding. Caring for some of the most vulnerable children in the city and then seeing the difference you have made is hugely satisfying. It can also be challenging as the children you are looking after may bring a complicated history with them from their own families. They may have suffered abuse or neglect or witnessed violence in the family home. The training and on-going support we provide will prepare you for the challenges of being a foster carer.
What support will I get?
We provide a wide range of support, training and development to our foster carers.