Fostering a Young Parent and Child
This is a specialised form of fostering where the foster carer offers a placement to a parent and their child, sometimes a new born baby, together. Sometimes the parent and child are looked after, sometimes it may just be the child.
The role has two main tasks. One is to support the parent and help them develop their parenting skills, and the other is to observe and make an assessment as how to well the parent looks after their child and for that to be reported to the local authority.
Ultimately the role of the carer is to always to safeguard the child.
These placements are challenging not only for the foster carer but also for the parent who themselves could be young and inexperienced.
We provide specific training to the foster carer in order that they in turn may educate, advise and support the parent and at the same time promote appropriate parenting behaviour.
The challenge the carer faces is to build a relationship of trust with the parent whilst remaining completely professional and honest as their observations form a part of the process that ultimately makes the best decision for the future of the child.
We assess carers specifically for parent and child placements and provide training in order that they may confidently and professionally undertake this crucial role.
Become a foster carer
Read more about how to become a foster carer with OwnLife Fostering here.