Foster care with Parents for Children

Here is a picture of a little girl with Downs syndrome in a blue dress. Amongst the many children placed in foster care each year in the UK, there are many especially vulnerable children with extra special needs. It is these children that Parents for Children specialises in helping and these are the children our foster carers look after.

The children we place with foster carers are

  • Children with physical disabilities
  • Children with learning difficulties
  • Children who have suffered abuse or neglect
  • Children with complex health needs
  • Children affected by their parents' use of drugs and alcohol
  • Older children
  • Sibling groups

All children in foster care need special care and understanding, but the children we specialise in helping are amongst the most troubled and demanding. They may have been abused or neglected and need help in learning to live in an ordinary family environment. They can often have complex health or developmental problems and almost all of them will have experienced multiple moves in and out of care.

Training and support

Parents for Children works with our foster carers to provide them with the training, support and guidance they need to give the best possible care to the children they foster. The children we help are within the Greater London and Northamptonshire areas. Children in foster care often have regular contact with their birth parents and so we are currently unable to work with foster carers who are outside these two areas.

Who can become a foster carer?

Many types of people can become foster carers – you don't have to be married or own a large house. There is lots more information about foster care with Parents for Children on this website, including an easy checklist to see if you have the right characteristics to apply.

If you are particularly interested in long-term foster care, you may want to take a look at the adoption section of this website for more detailed information about offering a child a permanent home. If you would like more information on becoming a foster carer for a child with special needs, we would love to hear from you. You can register your interest online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2881/5 to talk to our fostering team.

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