Children from all backgrounds can be fostered from birth, right up until their 18th birthday. They come into care when they are unable to live with their birth parents for a period of time.
This could be for many different reasons. It may be because of a parent’s short-term illness, a family breakdown, or a situation where the child’s welfare is at risk. Some children may have witnessed domestic violence or a parent’s depression or drug or alcohol abuse. Others may have been abused or neglected. Although every child’s story will be different, they all will have faced loss and separation from their birth family at some point.
Foster care can give families a chance to sort out their problems by providing children with a home and supportive family for as long as they need.
The duration of the fostering placement will vary for every child and their unique circumstances. Children may need foster care from the moment they are born, and some children stay in care up to the age of 18 and beyond. Some children may return to their birth families, others may be fostered until they are ready to live independently and others may move onto adoption.
There are many different types of fostering placement, ranging from short term to long term; a few days to years. You can read more about the different types of fostering here.
If you'd like to find out more about fostering with us, please join us at our next Information Evening on the 11th July. Meet the team, find out about what fostering involves, learn who we're looking for and how to apply. You will be able to hear first-hand from some of our experienced foster carers and ask them questions.