Parent and Child Fostering at Compass
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
Become a Foster Parent
Your fostering journey with us begins with a conversation. Start your journey today.
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