Fostering is a way of caring for other people's children and
young people away from their family home.
As all children are different the reasons why they need to be
with foster carers can be different. It can range from a child
needing somewhere to go at the weekend when the parent is in
hospital or to a short-term placement when the family is in
difficulty or a more permanent placement supporting the child onto
Fostering can be challenging and demanding but it can also be
enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Our priority is always about
getting the right match to meet the needs of both the child and the
carer. A foster carers role is to work alongside the local
authority in supporting the child to achieve their full potential
in a safe, secure and stable home; this can be on a respite,
short-term or long-term basis.
What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Foster carers provide the day to day care and support to a child
or young person in their home. However the child usually remains
the legal responsibility of the local authority.
Adoption means you become the legal parent to the child. Once
you adopt you assume all responsibility for the child. However,
adoptive parents, adoptive children and birth relatives can call
upon the local authority for help and support as and when