What can I expect as a Parents for Children foster carer?

Parents for Children specialises in helping some of society's most vulnerable children who, for different reasons, need to be placed in foster care.

The children we place with foster carers are all under 16 and can be

  • 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

This is a picure of a young boy beside a table looking upwards. All children in foster care need special care and understanding, but the children we specialise in helping are amongst the most troubled and demanding. Parents for Children's foster carers work in partnership with our team of experts. Often our foster carers work to change a child's difficult behaviour, to prepare the child to move back home or move on to a permanent family. Some children have spent a long time in residential care and our foster families offer them the opportunity to get used to living in a family environment.

Our foster carers may need to help a child to understand why they can't live with their birth parents. Our carers keep us up-to-date on the child's progress and the assessments that our carers make are crucial to a child's future. For example, a carer's view about how well a brother and sister are getting along will be taken into account when social workers decide whether or not they will be able to stay together.

If after reading the information on our website you're still a little bit apprehensive about taking the next step and contacting us, please remember that we're always happy to answer your questions. You can register your interest online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2881/5 and ask for advice about becoming a foster carer.

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