Fostering is when a person takes on the responsibility of caring for a child that is not their own. They will care for the child in their own home for a period of time depending on the child's situation.
During this time, the foster carer is responsible for all the child's basic needs such as being safe, sheltered and fed and the child's emotional needs and wellbeing.
Why do we need foster carers?
We have over 300 children and young people in care. In most cases these children in care will eventually return home to their families and will only need foster care for a short period of time. However in some cases the child is unable to return home and will need to be placed with a long term foster carer until they are 18. Alternatively they may be adopted.
What kind of children are fostered?
We need homes for children of all ages and backgrounds. Some children are in sibling groups and some are on their own. Some children have special, additional or complex needs.
Children placed with foster carers may have experienced a variety of problems in their life which could mean some find adjusting more difficult than others. However this does not mean it will automatically be difficult to care for a child who becomes a child in care.
Some children will be deeply upset about being away from their families, whilst others may find it easy to adapt to their new situation and settle in very quickly. No two children will be the same and foster carers will deal with a variety of different personalities, experiences and characters throughout their fostering career.