Foster Care

Why become a foster carer in Sutton?

In Sutton, we are working closely with families who are able to foster, helping us to care for the growing population of vulnerable children in the area. There are various types of foster placements – short-term and long-term, respite, and parent and child. Foster care is needed for children of all ages; babies, toddlers, children under 10 and teenagers. At OwnLife…

Forming a partnership with your foster agency

Forming a partnership with your foster agency

One of the most important aspects of the foster care process is for a carer to feel they have the right support structure in place. Our blog on selecting an agency gives advice to carers on what questions to ask, but ultimately it is about being comfortable with your agency and at OwnLife, we believe it is all about being in a…

Talk to us about becoming a foster carer for siblings

Talk to us about becoming a foster carer for siblings

The types of foster placements vary depending on the children that need caring for. We aim to place children in foster homes within their local area and this sometimes includes the placement of groups of siblings. As these children have already experienced disruption in their lives, spending time being cared for in a new loving environment and being able to…

Fostering a young parent and their child

Fostering a young parent and their child

Foster care is when a child is cared for by someone who is not from their birth family. Children can come into care at any age from babies up to the age of 18, and in some circumstances a foster carer is sought to take care of a young parent and child. Parent and child carers offer a very specialised…

Helping children to develop their potential

Helping children to develop their potential

With 51,850 children living in foster care in England[1] and with the overall population of looked after children having risen by 5% since 2012[2],  the role a foster carer plays is vital to the lives of so many children in England in providing a happy and healthy environment so they can have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Children…

10 Myths About Fostering

10 Myths About Fostering

Would you love to foster, but assume you can’t? Read on to dispel some of the top myths about what you need to be a foster carer. You can foster if you have a mortgage, pay rent to a private landlord or live in a council property. As long as you can give the fostered child their own room in…