Parent and Child Fostering - The Facts

Posted 26 March 2024

Footprints Foster Care - Parent and Child Fostering - The Facts

When deciding on a new chapter of life and a new direction, it is nice to know the ‘ins and outs’ to help us make informed decisions. In this month's article, we will be giving you all the information you need. However, should you have more questions we are just a phone call away!

To be a parent and child foster carer, you will need to be confident in looking after newborn babies and have some experience, tips and tricks that you can pass on to the new parent. It is also vital that there is always a carer available for support and guidance.

In your home, you will be inviting in a parent and their newborn baby, therefore you will need a big enough spare room to accommodate their needs, such as space for a bed, changing area and cot for the baby.

The placement is normally short-term and lasts up to 12 weeks, but this can vary depending on the requirements of the placement. You may be thinking, how about the rewards that come with being a carer? Well, many rewards can be acquired, the satisfaction of passing on your knowledge to new parents, enabling them to integrate into a community and promoting the nurture of a newborn.

On top of that, pay can start in the region of £850 per week.

To become a carer, the approval process takes 4-6 months, and a social worker will guide you through your journey. Once completed, Footprints Foster Care offer you the continued guidance, support and training to ensure you have full confidence in your role.

Not every child comes into this world with well-equipped and prepared parents, therefore need some help to get them on their way. In your role as a parent and child foster carer, not only will you help with the care, but you also will help develop the parent in the areas of money management and household skills, helping them build the confidence they need to live independently.

The need and demand for carers in the field of parent and child fostering is rapidly growing and to ensure that we as a nation provide the best support possible, we need more carers.

If you think that you can provide a safe and supportive home for such a placement, we would love to hear from you

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Footprints Foster Care Ltd
Registered Company No 07879639

Longham Business Park
168 Ringwood Road
Ferndown
Dorset BH22 9BU

T: 01202 573408
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