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. Here are some examples.
- a child needs somewhere to go at the weekend when their parent is in hospital
- a short-term placement is needed for a child when their family is in difficulty
- a more permanent placement is needed, supporting the child onto independence
Fostering can be challenging and demanding but it can also be enjoyable and extremely rewarding. A foster carer's 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.
Our priority is always about getting the right match to meet the needs of both the child and the carer.
What's the difference between fostering and adoption?
Fostering: 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: This 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 needed.