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Parent and Child Fostering at Compass

Above all, Parent and Child Fostering aims to keep families together. The arrangement is often used by Local Authorities to assess a parent's ability to care for their child. Successful arrangements result in families moving into independent or supported housing, and ultimately lead to successful lives together.
What Is Parent and Child Fostering?

Parent and Child Fostering is a unique and specialised fostering arrangement where an infant or toddler is taken into foster care alongside their mother and/or father. This form of fostering is designed to support parents in developing essential parenting skills, working towards securing a better outcome for both parent(s) and child.

Our Parent & Child Arrangements

Compass is proud to provide two different types of Parent and Child fostering arrangements. While each option will differ slightly in execution, both benefit from continuous support and comprehensive therapeutic involvement:

 

Foundation

  • Progress meetings at 6 and 10 weeks
  • Foster Carer ParentAssess
  • Observational Skills training
  • Weekly recordings and updates

Comprehensive

  • Full court-approved Parenting Capacity Assessment
  • Monthly updates provided to the Local Authority
  • Daily and weekly recordings completed by foster carers using ParentAssess
  • Bespoke therapeutic support for parents
Parent and Child fostering goes beyond just mother and baby fostering. It includes arrangements with fathers and children or even both parents and their child."

Information for Parents

Becoming a parent can be extremely challenging. It doesn’t matter how many books you read or the amount of videos you watch in preparation; there will always be something new to learn. Thankfully, when working with Compass foster carers, you are never alone. You have an entire network of people working around you to give you and your family the best chance of success. We are here to evaluate and support you along your parenting journey, with a focus on developing new skills.

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Jen’s Story

Jen and her baby are currently living with one of our wonderful foster carers in a mother and baby foster placement.

In this featured video, she talks to us about her experience in foster care, and how – with the help of her foster carer – she has developed into a confident, capable and happy parent.

What Should I Expect from a Parent & Child Fostering Arrangement?

Throughout your fostering arrangement with us, we will strive to maintain an open and honest relationship with you, addressing your concerns and worries, and providing the support you require. We will also consider additional factors including previous experiences, substance abuse and mental health in your overall assessment and seek to tailor your support accordingly. Here are some other things you can expect from a P&C arrangement:

  • Weekly or fortnightly visits from your foster carer’s Supervising Social Worker
  • Periodic visits from your Local Authority social worker
  • Review meetings where you can have your say
  • Support with budgeting, cooking and shopping
  • Support sessions with a Therapeutic Practitioner (for Comprehensive P&C arrangements)

What is a therapeutic practitioner?

A therapeutic practitioner is someone who will support you and your family’s emotional wellbeing. Think of them like a knowledgeable friend who not only understands your feelings, but knows exactly how to navigate complex challenges. These professionals are skilled in supporting families through difficult times, aiding both children and parents in managing stress and significant changes.

Jazmin’s Story

In an article she wrote for METRO, Jazmin details her experiences before, during, and after her stay with her foster carer.

Information for Foster Carers

Many new parents face a range of difficulties, from lack of confidence to traumatic life experiences. This is why our P&C foster carers act primarily as mentors, using their knowledge, expertise and skills to support the parent and child in a way that suits them.

As a Parent and Child foster carer, you play a critical role by:

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  • Providing a fully supervised, judgment-free home environment.
  • Guiding parents in essential parenting skills including feeding, bathing and responding to the child's needs.
  • Teaching household skills like cooking, cleaning and managing finances.
  • Observing and documenting the parent's progress for assessments.
  • Attending meetings and appointments with professionals to provide support and guidance.
Training Expectations

Providing guidance and support to both a parent and child requires a lot of energy, patience and skills. While some parents learn fairly quickly, others require a little more time to settle into the parenting role. Luckily, our comprehensive foster care training programme will help you start your fostering journey with confidence:

 

Open to all carers, essential for P&C Carers

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Introduction to Parent and Child Arrangements

Foundational level

  • ParentAssess Observational Skills
  • Safer Sleeping and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy

Comprehensive

  • All of the above
  • 2 Day Community Family Assessments
Supporting Our Foster Carers

At Compass, we understand the commitment of our Parent and Child foster carers. This is why we provide 24/7 wrap-around support and fully funded specialist training. We also offer:

  • Fortnightly to weekly supervision
  • Access to monthly Parent and Child-specific support groups
  • Therapeutic support for foster carers
  • An enhanced allowance

If you have the space in your heart to welcome a vulnerable parent and child into your home, get in touch with Compass today to find out more about fostering with us. One of our friendly, local team members will be available to answer your questions and help you kick-start your fostering journey.

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