What is Foster Care?
Foster care in the UK provides a safe, nurturing, and stable environment for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents. This could be anywhere between a few days to years.
What Does Foster Care Mean?
The Oxford Dictionary and other dictionary sites define fostering as ‘temporary custody or guardianship for children whose parents (…) are unable to look after them.’
There are many reasons why a child or young person may not be able to live with their birth family, including neglect, abuse, parental illness, police involvement or family breakdown.
This is where our brilliant foster carers step in. Our foster families provide our children and young people with an environment within which they can thrive. For us at Compass, this is the true meaning of fostering; to provide vulnerable children and young people with the love, care and support they need to improve their outcomes and succeed.
Some fostering arrangements are only for a temporary period of time, while the issues that placed the child into foster care are resolved. However, children and young people may also stay living with their foster family for many years. It all depends on their individual needs and circumstances.
The Role of a Foster Carer
Fostering can be an incredibly fulfilling career. As a foster carer, you have the opportunity to make a real difference to the life of a child of young person.
We like to say that the role of a foster carer is to wear many hats. Alongside the day-to-day care of children and young people, foster carers also have some other key responsibilities, such as:
There is currently a national shortage of foster carers.
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Everyone’s experience with fostering is different. That’s why foster care is so vital, we can enable each individual child is found the most suitable foster family for them.
Is Fostering Right for Me?
Hear about fostering experiences from existing foster carers and why they foster. They answer some of our most frequently asked questions – including the most important skills for foster carers to have.
Become a Foster Parent
Your fostering journey with us begins with a conversation. Start your journey today.
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