Children might come into care for a short period of time for various reasons and might need a foster home for a few weeks, a year or as long as it takes for the child’s situation to resolve. The child becomes part of your family until such time when a transition plan is put into place.
Children who come into care full time need stability through to adulthood. Foster carers might know the child from providing short breaks, or through networks within specialist schools and fostering.
Foster Carers work with a child on developing communication, social and independence skills in co-ordination with other professionals in the child’s life from health, school or other organisations.
As a Foster Carer caring for a child with disabilities you will get the support you need to give them the best possible care, including supervision, training and linking in with other Foster Carers.
The Fostering and Kinship Service works closely with the Child Disability team and Placement Finding team to help match children with appropriate foster families. The teams also work together to provide equipment, adaptations, short breaks and transport to support Foster Carers.