What is parent & child fostering?
Parent and child fostering is all about helping a vulnerable parent to develop the confidence and skills they need to provide appropriate care to their child – while supporting local authorities to evaluate their ability to parent.
Parent and child foster parents will support an expectant mum, or a vulnerable parent and their child (usually the mother, but not always). Some may have a learning disability, which makes it hard for them to learn parenting skills. Or they may not have experienced a stable childhood themselves, which has impacted their ability to look after their own children.
Foster parents may be asked to record their observations of the young parent in foster care as well as their parenting ability. Experience shows that by supporting young parents at the start, problems in later life can be avoided – so it’s a good long-term investment.
As a foster parent for a vulnerable parent and their child, you can make a real difference to a family and their future. You will be fully trained in how to support a parent with their role as a mother (or father) and guide them to provide the best care they can to their baby.
Mother and baby foster placements normally last for around 12 weeks and tend to be quite intensive, so it’s a challenging and responsible role. To support you, we provide 24-hour assistance and plenty of specialist training (in paediatric first aid, for example), as well as the guidance of social workers and specialist care professionals who work with you to achieve positive outcomes for the parent and child in your care.
Other types of fostering
Could you support a young person in care through their crucial teenage years?
Welcoming a child at short notice who's often distressed - usually a night or two.
We're looking for foster parents who can care for children with a range of disabilities.
Giving a child a stable, loving home when they can't return to their birth family.
In Scotland, a short-term placement is called Interim care and can last up to 2 years.
Caring for a child for more than 2 years and often up until they turn eighteen.
In Scotland, the local authority may apply for permanence if a child won't be returning home.
Caring for a child who's placed with another foster family to give them time to rest.
We urgently need more foster parents with the time, energy and space to care for siblings.
Caring for young people who have arrived in the UK without their parents to seek asylum.
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You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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