What is Fostering?

Foster care is about giving children and young people the opportunities to reach their full potential.

You may be wondering, what is fostering? Fostering is a way of providing safe and nurturing environment for children and young people when they are unable to live with their birth family. There may be a variety of reasons why a child or young person cannot live with their own parents, such as family breakdown, ill health or relationship problems.

There are many different types of fostering depending on the needs of the child. You can read about the different types of fostering here. Often, fostering is used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives. The children and young people placed with foster carers will be from a wide range of backgrounds, often displaying different behaviour depending upon their own experiences.

When people ask “what is fostering?” they often confuse it with adoption. Foster Care is different from adoption because an adoption order ends a child’s legal relationship with their birth family. Children in foster care (looked after children) on the other hand remain the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents. Some children in foster care go on to be adopted, sometimes by their foster carers, and sometimes by other adults.

All of our foster carers are trained, assessed and approved to ensure they are delivering the highest quality of care to looked after children.