Fostering is a career, where approved foster carers look after children and young people who are not born to them. Fostering is giving children and young people a family life who are unable to live with their birth or extended families. Approved foster carers take the parenting role and they provide a safe, secure, stable and nurturing family environment, for children and young people who cannot live with their birth parents. Fostering is a remarkable job carried out by remarkable people like you, who want to make a difference in the life of a child or young person.

Elite foster carers are supported in being able to look after children and young people for a short or a longer period of time. The duration will vary depending on everyone’s circumstances.

Elite foster carers are always offered relevant support, supervision and training to deliver high quality care. Sometimes, Elite foster carers will help children and young people to be rehabilitated back to their family members. They may even help them to ‘move on’ to permanent care or an adoptive family or into an alternative provision, such as a residential unit. For older children, foster cares support their progression on to living independently.

Children and young people in foster care sometimes maintain contact with significant people in their lives. These are people who they have developed attachments to. The level of contact will vary depending on the assessed circumstances and the quality of the contact. This can take place in different ways, either, face to face, verbally – via telephone or WhatsApp, or other agreed media, or letters.

Sometimes, birth parents may be involved in the decision-making process regarding a child’s welfare, health, or education.

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