Did you know that more than 60,000 children are being fostered right now in the UK? There are about 50,000 families fostering children in the UK but another 9,000 foster families are needed. Over time, half of these 60,000 children in foster care will either go back to their own homes, be adopted into a new family, move to live with a family member or move out of the foster care system to live independently.
This does not mean that the demand for foster care diminishes. While this fifty percent of the foster children move out of foster care, they are replaced in the same amount by newcomers to the foster system.
As time progresses, Orange Grove (and other foster care facilities) learn more and more about the approaches that prove successful in working with children who are faced with family crises and urgent need.
Of course, all fostered children have diverse needs. This means that agencies and councils need to have a wide variety of foster care approaches. Some of the types of care some children require, include fostering situations where foster carers are providing a short break to birth families who are under pressure, special needs foster care or foster care that provides multi-dimensional treatment.
This is just a sample of the types of foster care and foster carers needed.
The ultimate goal of all foster care is to improve the outcomes for all the children who enter into foster care. Because not all foster children are able to remain with or return to their families or move on to an adoption arrangement, we are always on the lookout for people interested in becoming a foster parent.
Part of the foster care program provided for all children in the care system includes a care plan, where the specific needs of each and every child is professionally assessed. Once this care plan is in place, the next step is to find the optimal way to meet these needs. If you feel that you would like to help but are worried that you may not have the required experienced – talk to us.
Why Orange Grove Fostercare?
Our foster care program has the knowledge, training and support that any foster carer needs.
If you are new to the concept of foster care, all you need to do is ask. A social worker is on hand to assist you with any questions or concerns that you might have about becoming foster carers.
There are many fostering agencies. Orange Grove is one of them. We can talk to you about how to become a foster carer and provide pertinent information such as the maximum and minimum allowances for foster carers and guide you through the process.
There is a serious shortage of foster care in the UK and there is always a demand for help for the young people. Local authorities are always looking for people interested in becoming foster parents. You can be part of a community that helps improve the world for vulnerable and dependent children, one child at a time.