Being a foster carer requires a range of skills and experiences. You will take on the day to day role, similar to a parent, of carer, teacher, psychologist, sports coach, chef, social worker, counsellor, health advisor, mentor, advocate and inspiration all wrapped into one!
Of course you will not be on your own, our dedicated team of social workers will support you every step of the way. In addition, training is undertaken before you are approved and throughout your fostering journey.
“There is so much information and advice on offer to help you make the decision and ensure you are making the right decision for you and your family. There really is nothing to lose by just making that first step to find out more.”
Many of the children in our care have experienced negativity and pain in their lives, which affects how they respond to those who are trying to help them. As a foster carer, you will respond with patience, positivity and support, helping the child form trusting relationships.
As the child’s foster carer, you will not have parental responsibility for them, but will have delegated responsibility for the day-to-day care of the child.
This may include:
- Buying clothes and other necessities for the child (you will be paid an allowance to help cover these costs)
- Attend medical appointments with the child
- Assist in supporting education for the child, including accompanying them to school and helping with homework.
- Help facilitating contact with birth family.
- Attend regular meetings regarding the child’s welfare Keep records of the child’s progress.
- Write or contribute reports for court (if appropriate)
- Keep in contact with the child’s social worker about anything affecting the child
- Attending training