Parent and child fostering

Parent & child fostering

Parent and child fostering - sometimes known as mother and baby fostering - involves caring for a vulnerable parent and their young child.

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Parent and child fostering is a specialist type of foster care which involves supporting either a vulnerable pregnant mum or a parent and their young child. This is usually the mother, but occasionally it’s the father instead and sometimes both.

Many of these parents never experienced a caring and nurturing childhood themselves, which can affect their ability to care for their own children. Or they may have learning disabilities which makes it difficult for them to pick up parenting skills. Parent and child foster placements are usually for around 12 weeks, with a focus on helping the young parent develop the awareness, confidence and skills to feed, care for and nurture their child.

Quite often, local authorities want to evaluate the parenting ability of parents to care for their child. The parent and child foster carer has a big part to play in observing and monitoring their skills. This is a key responsibility, over and above the usual role of a foster parent which adds to the rewards as well as the challenges.

By providing strong support at the beginning, it’s often possible to transform the experiences of both the parent and their child, so that social services won’t be needed later in their life.

mother and baby fostering

Training and support

Parent and child fostering is a specialist field, and so on top of all the standard training, you’ll undertake specialist courses to develop the crucial skills to care for, assess and safeguard a young family.

Our parent and child fostering 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.

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. As an Orange Grove foster parent, you'll never be alone and can rely on our support whenever you need it.

Parent and child fostering pay

Parent & child fostering pay

You’ll receive a payment during the time parents and children are in your care, 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.

Plus as an Orange Grove foster parent, you'll have access to our rewards platform where you can find hundreds of discounts to some of your favourite shops, restaurants and family experiences.

Fostering allowance

Are you suited to parent & child fostering?

To work with parents and their children, you’ll need a deep understanding of parenting babies and very young children – so relevant experience would be a real advantage, as a parent yourself or in some professional capacity, such as a midwife. Also due to the specialist nature, 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.

As mother and baby foster placements last up to 12 weeks and can be quite intensive, you’ll need to be on hand pretty much constantly, so the demand on your time is high.

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Other types of fostering

Short term fostering

Short-term

Short term fostering can range from a single night to 2 years, depending on the needs of the child and family.

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respite foster care

Respite

Respite carers provide foster parents with a chance to rest, while they take care of the children for a night or two. 

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fostering disabled child

Disability fostering

There are many children and young people with disabilities who require specialist foster care. 

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fostering unaccompanied refugee minors

Asylum-seeking children

There's an increasing number of children arriving in the UK in urgent need of foster care.

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