You may have heard about fostering through television programmes or from your friends who are fostering children – you may even know children or young people who are living with foster carers or who are part of a fostering family. Many people still have the same question: What is fostering?
Fostering is a way of providing looked after children and young people with a caring and nurturing environment, during a period where their own family is unable to look after them. This is often only a temporary arrangement, and many fostered children return to their birth families once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been sorted out. Sometimes however, they may stay living with their foster family for many years as it is the best place for them to be.
Whether you’re just looking for information on fostering or you are an experienced carer, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Fill out the form on this page to request an info pack.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Every child is different – and so is every foster carer. Children’s needs vary greatly and at Compass we understand that yours do, too. As an independent fostering agency, our foster carers come from many different backgrounds and circumstances. The one thing they all have in common is knowing that giving a child the stability and warmth of family life is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
With Compass there are many types of fostering that you can do. From short or long-term placements, to more specialist types like parent & child, you can foster in a way that fits best with you and your family. Learn more about the types of fostering we offer by clicking here.