We currently have a huge shortage of foster parents in the UK, who are opening their homes and hearts to vulnerable children; there’s more than 60,000 children living in care, but only around 50,000 foster families.
What is fostering?
Babies, children and teenagers come into foster care for a number of reasons, including neglect, abuse and family illness.
Foster care provides them with a safe, stable and loving family environment with a foster parent who will care for them until they are able to return home, be adopted into a new family, move to live with a family member or move out of the foster care system to live independently.
Children in care come from different backgrounds and have diverse needs, so there are different types of foster care placements to ensure children receive the care and support they need.
Some foster parents are providing a home to a child who’s currently undergoing care proceedings while a long-term care plan is decided, others are providing a short break to birth families who are under pressure and cannot provide adequate care to a child on a temporary basis.
How does fostering work?
The ultimate goal of fostering is to improve the outcomes for children, so they can go on to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
To achieve this, foster care providers, such as Orange Grove, recruit, train and reward a diverse team of passionate individuals who open their homes to children in need. And we’re always on the lookout for people interested in becoming a foster parent.
When a child enters care, they will have their needs professionally assessed and included within their personal care plan. We work closely with local authorities to find a foster parent who will be able to meet these needs and care for them for as long or as little as required.
Foster parents may care for a child for a night or two, several months or years, or even on a long-term basis until the child turns 18.
Why become a foster carer?
There is a serious shortage of foster carers in the UK and there is always a demand for help for the young people. You can be part of a community that helps improve the world for vulnerable and dependent children, one child at a time.
Other benefits include;
- Experiencing a sense of achievement from helping others
- Enjoying having children in your life
- Gaining satisfaction from helping a child learn and develop
- Having an opportunity to use your parenting or life skills
- Helping your own family learn to share and care for others
- Taking on a fresh challenge, whatever your age
Experience isn’t necessary
Foster parents receive extensive training ahead of being approved and continue to attend ongoing courses throughout their career, to ensure they have the relevant skills and knowledge they need to make a life-changing difference. .
Start your fostering journey
If you’re ready to take your first steps, then get in touch with our friendly team today – simply complete our online form and we’ll be in touch soon.