We’re celebrating the different types of fostering this September, highlighting some of the #waystocare with Team Fostering.
We're now into the second week of the campaign, and we're celebrating Specialist Foster Care.
What is it?
Specialist Fostering is when foster carers provide care to children and young people who have specific needs, which might present different challenges and at times will require different support and training to other types of fostering. At Team Fostering we offer training to our foster carers who wish to provide specialist care, and work with them to create a tailored support structure for the family and the young person they're looking after.
Specialist Fostering includes Parent and Child Fostering, where a carer looks after a young parent and their child until the local authority feel that they are able to manage without care. Some of our foster carers offer Remand Placements, which is usually short term and would involve working closely with Youth Offending Teams, and Evolution Placements which is when a young person displays harmful sexual behaviour.
We also look for foster carers to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. It is expected that the number of asylum-seeking refugee children and young people who are entering the care system will continue to increase rapidly, and we'll be sharing more on the challenges this type of care presents later in the week.
All of our foster carers are offered support, training and allowances that allows them to look after the young person in their care, and so this will differ depending on the young person's needs. For more information on the support we offer, click here.
Are there eligibility criteria for foster carers who want to offer Specialist Fostering?
To become a Foster Carer with Team Fostering it is essential that you are over 21, have a spare room, and are able to drive with access to a car.
While we work through your assessment and once you've been approved, we will work with you to consider whether you'd be able to offer specialist care and plan any required training for you to do so.
At Team Fostering we take pride in recruiting foster carers from all walks of life. Our foster carers have different backgrounds and life experiences and there is no ‘model foster carer’.
We welcome all enquiries and do not discriminate against anyone because of their age, race, gender or sexual orientation. There are basic criteria that foster carers should meet (click here for further information), however we do take time to consider all circumstances, and our team are always happy to discuss eligibility concerns and solutions with those interested in joining us.
How can I apply?
If you’re interested in becoming a Foster Carer, you can send an enquiry to us in one of the following 3 ways:
Send an online enquiry by clicking here.
Call us on 0800 292 2003 to speak to a friendly member of our team
Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org