At OwnLife Fostering, we work closely with our foster parents and foster carer applicants to help guide them through their fostering journey.

Perhaps you are yet to join us and are interested in learning more about what fostering children and young people might entail. The first step in the fostering journey is understanding exactly what foster care is and why foster care is important.

Foster care for children

Foster care is when a child or children are cared for by someone not from their birth family. They can be any age from a couple of weeks up to 18 years of age.

There are many different reasons why children come into care which makes every case unique and therefore care, empathy, patience and support are key values required of any foster carer.

As no child has asked to be take into care, it’s the role of the foster carer to provide a sense or normality in what is a very traumatic experience. This helps to give the child the best chance in life. We aim to help a child take control of their own lives.

Foster care placements

With so many scenarios there are different types of foster care placements to meet needs. Placements can be short-term or long-term.

A short-term placement may be an overnight stay or for a couple of weeks. This can happen when a breakdown has happened in the family and the local authority needs to react and find a place for a child to stay at short notice.

Long-term foster care helps to provide a permanent home where adoption is not appropriate. This is usually with older children. At OwnLife Fostering, we place a lot of teenagers with foster carers so this is something to be aware of when you are applying for the role.

Specific placements can involve caring for one child, a group of siblings, teenagers, or parent and child.

Providing support and stability

As a child enters the foster care system our top priority is to keep further disruption in their lives to a minimum. This means keeping as much stability in their lives as possible. We aim to keep children in the same family for as long as possible, and preferably keep them with their siblings and in the local area.

To become a foster carer, you need to meet certain requirements:

  • Be over the age of 23
  • Have good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Be able to provide a secure home and environment
  • Share our determination that ‘we will never give up on a child’

We are in urgent need of foster carers. According to the Fostering Network 30,000 more children come into care every year, and thousands of new foster families are needed each year across the UK.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and have the qualities to be a good role model and prepare your foster children and young people to fulfil their potential then give us a call on 020 8313 3304, or complete our online contact form.

We are recruiting foster carers in the following areas, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley, Merton, Lambeth, Sutton, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark.

Become a foster carer with OwnLife Fostering.