What is Foster Care?

Fostering provides children and young people with a stable home environment, where they are cared for, nurtured and supported to realise their full potential. Children and young people in care need a safe, loving and secure environment to grow up in where the opportunities and life chances available to them are equal to that of their peers.

The Role of a Foster Carer

Many of our children and young people in care have faced great adversity in their lives and with this may present with difficult and challenging behaviors. In the role of a Foster Carer you will be supported in understanding why children and young people may display particular behaviours and as a result you will be able to support a child or young person in placement to grow and develop.

Children and young people come into care for many reasons. This can include neglect, domestic violence and parental mental health issues to name just a few. Being placed in Foster Care is never the direct fault of the child or young person. However, irrespective of the reasons for being taken into the care of the local authority, this situation means that the child or young person is no longer able to reside within their own birth family.

Types of Fostering

There are many different types of Foster Placements and we will work with each individual Carer to establish the best types of Fostering for them. You can read more about the types of placements here:

Short Term

This is generally when we need a foster carer to step in for a few days, but these things can’t be planned and sometimes the placement can last longer - maybe even years.

Long Term

We like to call these ‘Family for Life’ placements because children and young people stay with their foster carers until they reach independence.

Parent & Child

These are specialist placements for a new parent and their child. Within short-term foster care, they can enjoy a safe family environment, plus the support they need to develop their parenting skills.

Staying Put

This is a special kind of arrangement, where a young person reaches 18 years old and becomes independent. Sometimes they are not yet ready to move on - and if everyone is happy to continue the foster care arrangement, that’s fine with us. We’ll just need to talk to you about changes to your financial support, but we’ll give you plenty of notice.

Respite

Respite care is where a child or young person placed with a CFT Carer will go and stay with a different CFT carer for a short break. This is usually for a weekend or during the school holidays.

To discuss any aspect of becoming a Foster Carer, please contact us using the form below

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The Assessment Process

Each applicant must go through The Assessment Process to Foster. Here you can read more about what this process means for you.

Why Choose The CFT?

Ever thought about Fostering? Find out what you can expect as a Foster Carer for The CFT.

FAQs

Find answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked or you ask your own.