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What is Fostering?

Fostering is about caring!

Sometimes it is difficult, but sometimes it’s wonderful. It's about laughing, sometimes at yourself! It's about showing a young person that you care no matter what.

Who needs to be in foster care?

Children and young people need to be looked after by foster carers for many reasons. Here are a few examples:

  • Their parents may be going through a difficult time and are unable to look after them.
  • The child/young person may have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.
  • The child/young person may have disabilities and their parents and family are unable to care for them.
  • Many children and young people are in foster care because of issues not related to them, but because of their parental circumstances.

How long will they be in foster care?

That’s the “how long is a piece of string” question! Foster placements can last from days to years, i.e. short term or long term or for periods of respite. Some children and young people return to their families, others may need long term support and may be in foster care until such times as they are able to live independently.

You might be wondering...

What happens in the assessment process?
An assessing Social Worker will work with you to build a report of your parenting skills, background, family and networks. This will provide evidence of how you are likely to manage as s Foster Carer.
How do I become a foster carer?
Have a look at our page Journey to Fostering Page.
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
The length of the application process varies from person to person. On average, it takes around 4 – 6 months to complete your assessment and be approved as a foster carer.