Why do parents and their young children need a fostering service?

There are many reasons why a family may be referred to a fostering service. Often, the mother or father has experienced a childhood totally lacking in care and nurture which can affect their ability to care for their own children. There may be concerns around the home being a safe environment in which to bring up a new baby. Some have learning disabilities or developmental issues, making it difficult for them to pick up parenting skills – or even care for themselves, let alone a new-born. There could be concerns over the mother’s parenting – perhaps she has had a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or she has had a child before that was previously taken into care.

How long does this type of fostering placement last?

A parent and child will generally stay in your home for around 12 to 24 weeks, dependent on the assessment requirements. 

Are there different types of placements?

The focus in each case is on helping the parent develop the awareness, confidence and skills to feed, care for and nurture the child. This type of fostering service is categorised in to three areas:

Pre-birth placements
In situations where vulnerable expectant women need to be moved to a secure and safe environment to prepare for the birth of their baby, they are given a pre-birth fostering placement. They are helped with the preparation of the birth and support to develop their independent living skills. They are assessed and risks identified during their fostering placement to ensure the new baby is born into a healthy and risk-free home.

Assessment placements
Parents and children are placed in a fostering home for an assessment on their parenting ability. Foster parents record their observations daily and a report is compiled on the mother’s ability to care for their young one. Assessment placements last for 12-to-24 weeks, dependant on needs.

Parenting support placements
Some mothers need help learning how to care for their new-born. In this type of fostering care, they will learn to keep their baby healthy and safe in a supportive environment after which time they should have gained the confidence to cope on their own. If, after this specialised fostering arrangement, they need more support, more time may be given. In most cases, the mother and baby will return home where they will be further supported by social services. The aim is always to keep the family together but sometimes the baby’s safety is at risk, or the mother chooses a partner or lifestyle over their baby and the baby may be placed in long term fostering care.

How can I become a parent and child foster carer?

Evolve Fostering offers a number of extra specialist parent and child foster care courses in addition to the standard training. These, essentially, are for developing the crucial skills to care for, assess and safeguard a young family. They cover when to intervene in a situation and when it is important to step back, paediatric first aid and how to deal with the needs of both parent and child when looked after together.

How much will I get paid for parent and child fostering?

You will receive a generous fee for fostering which increases depending on the number of adults and children in your care. 
Fostering a mother or father with their young family can be extremely rewarding because you are helping them take the next steps to create a secure family life alongside showing them how fulfilling parenthood can be. At evolve, you are never more than a phone call away from professional support 24/7 should you need it. In addition, you’ll receive frequent home visits from your supervising social worker for guidance, reviews and to answer your fostering questions.

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