We believe that, wherever possible, children and young people should have every chance to stay with their birth family. For many different reasons, parents sometimes need assistance and support to increase the chances of this being a success.
We provide tailored parent and child placements, sometime referred to as mother and baby placement, to give personalised support to the parents and their children, to help maintain and improve the quality of their family life.
With the right type of help we believe that good parenting skills can be learnt. We can provide children and young people with a real chance to have the quality of family life they deserve.
Pre-birth placements and assessments
Pre-birth placements are for expectant mothers, particularly young women, and focus on preparing them for their new role as a mother: preparing for the birth, understanding what their newborn will need, what to consider for their child’s health and development and how to be a safe parent.
We will provide these soon to be mum’s, with a secure and safe environment, where they can build confidence in their new role as a parent while also developing their own independence and living skills.
We will carry out an assessment of the new mum to review their attitude, current understanding of parenting and their willingness and ability to learn as part of the placement. We will also link this to wider community support networks and risk identification for care planning.
Whether for young mothers facing the role of parenthood for the first time, or for parents who need support and development to give their child(ren) a better quality of family life, our parenting placements are there to help. Parents will learn to give their child basic care, emotional warmth, stability and safety as well as parental guidance and boundaries.
We believe that healthy attachment between parents and child(ren) is vital for the child’s physical and emotional development and our support package will maximise the chances of this. For some families, the placement may need to accommodate other family members such as partners or siblings and this can be accommodated if required.
Placement progress is monitored constantly with reports provided on request.
Parent and child assessment placements
Where the courts or social workers have requested an assessed placement, we are able to help. Fostering People will carry out a more structured placement including pre-planning meetings, placement agreement meetings, daily recording and observations and weekly progress and planning. We will involve the parent in the process as usual and keep everyone abreast of any concerns and progress.
We will provide a thorough assessment report after the initial 12 weeks assessment and other reports will be produced for statutory meetings as needed.
Every foster child is an individual, that’s why we offer various kinds of fostering placements.
The types of fostering you offer will depend on your personal preferences and circumstances, but many of our foster parents are approved to offer more than one type of placement.
Does a foster parent get paid for fostering?
Yes, go to our financial calculator to gain an idea about how much you could receive.
Who can apply to become a foster parent?
Fostering is available to anyone over the age of 21 as along as you meet the criteria.
Will I receive any specialist training?
Yes, we believe fostering is a journey – and the more you know, the more you’ll get out of it. That’s why we provide ongoing training opportunities for both our foster carers and our staff. Before you’re approved as a carer, you’ll attend a preparation course designed to get you and your family ready to foster. And once approved, you’ll take part in our comprehensive training programme.
Take your first step to becoming a foster parent today
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you.
Simply fill in the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.