Foster care is when you look after a child that is not your own. The length of their stay can vary depending on the circumstances as well as their individual needs.
Children can come into care at any age from birth. Children come into care for many different reasons.
The length of time a child remains in care can vary from a few weeks to a few years.
Our aim with any child placed through us is that they stay as long as possible with the same family, so as to avoid any further disruption in their lives.
Have I got what it takes to foster?
- Anyone over the age of 23 can apply to be a Foster Carer.
- You need good communication skills both written and verbal are essential.
- You need a secure home environment and tenancy.
- You need a spare bedroom.
- You need to share our determination that; “ we will never give up on the child”
Find out more about how you can become a foster carer.
Children who come into care want adults to help them
- learn how to trust again
- feel safe and to be safe
- be listened to
- have their own space and privacy relative to their age
- be equal
- feel they belong as part of a family
- keep contact with their birth family
- explore and come to terms with their past
- receive a good education and fulfil their potential
- be prepared for independence and work
- be able to grow into a full sense of themselves in a positive environment
- be healthy
That’s why we foster.
Become a foster carer
Read more about how to become a foster carer with OwnLife Fostering here.