Parent & Child Fostering
Parent and child placements are often short-term arrangements, where a new or expectant mother (or father) and child live with a specialist parent and child foster parent. They receive valuable support and learn how to take care of their child in a nurturing and non-judgemental home environment.
These placements provide valuable support to parents; many have been in care themselves and may not have received the positive modelling they needed to bring up their own children safely.
By teaching vulnerable parents how to meet the ever-changing needs of their children, we hope to keep more young families together, without the need for any future social services involvement.
Types of Parent and Child Fostering
When a local authority is concerned about a parent’s ability to bring up their child safely, they may decide to place them with an experienced parent and child foster parent.
This additional support may be provided to a mother or father, and their child, before or after the baby’s arrival.
Pre-birth placements – An expectant mother will stay with a foster parent before the child is born, to help them prepare for the arrival of their child.
Assessment placements – Once a baby has arrived, the local authority may wish to complete an assessment on their parenting ability, which takes around 12 weeks. During this time, foster parents will need to record their observations and may be asked to contribute to the ongoing assessment.
Parenting support placements – This type of support is offered to vulnerable parents with young children who need to learn basic care skills and how to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their child.
What Training is Provided?
As a parent and child foster parent, you’ll receive specialist training to develop the crucial skills to care for, assess and safeguard a young family.
Our parent and child training covers:
- The needs of both the parent and child when looked after together
- When to intervene in a situation and when it’s important to take a step back
- Paediatric first aid for foster parents
As well as extensive training, you’ll receive frequent home visits from your dedicated social worker and have access to our 24/7 helpline, so you’re never more than a phone call away from professional support.
Due to the specialist nature of parent and child fostering, you’ll need to have completed all mandatory training and, in most circumstances, you’ll need to have been fostering for a minimum of 2 years.
Is Parent & Child Fostering Right for You?
This type of placement tends to be short-term, lasting around 12 weeks. However, you must be available and committed to supporting the parent around the clock during those crucial early stages of the child’s development.
While knowledge and skills are developed through training, experience with young children is also important for parent and child fostering. This could be through your own parenting experience or a profession, such as midwifery, paediatrics or early years teaching.
Parent and child fostering is a challenging but highly rewarding type of fostering, and would suit anybody who’s passionate about breaking the cycle of neglect and keeping young families together.
Parent and Child Fostering Payment
Foster parents receive a generous weekly fostering allowance, which increases depending on the number of adults and children living in the foster home.
Parents will have differing levels of their own income which they’ll use to care for themselves and their children.
Take Your First Step
There’s a huge shortage of parent and child foster parents in the UK. So, if you’re interested in learning more, then we’d love to hear from you.
Simply fill in our online form and one of our friendly fostering advisors will be in touch.