What do foster carers do?

Children Foster carers are ordinary people who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to provide care to other people’s children.

Some children and young people need to live in foster care for a short period of time whilst others need a home for a long period. Some children cannot return home to live with their parents and they move from the foster carers home to adoptive families.

Foster carers offer a safe and secure home where children or young people feel valued, respect and cared for. Foster carers take a close interest in the lives of the children and young people, settings appropriate boundaries, teaching them how to behave whilst understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of each child or young person.

When children or young people have to live in foster care, they do not forget about their parents and family. Foster carers are likely to have contact with birth parents and extended family members.

As a foster carer you will also have contact with professionals involved in the child / young person’s life eg. social workers, GP and teacher.

There is an opportunity to learn more about what foster carers do before making a commitment by participating in a pre-approval training course.