What is fostering?

Fostering is a rewarding and recognised profession, it means looking after a child or young person in your home who is not able to live with their birth family.

Children need foster care for lots of different reasons. For example, their parents may be ill, in prison, or having relationship problems. Some children will have been neglected or abused. Three out of four fostered children return to live with their own families, so they need a secure family environment while we work with their parents to ensure that they can return home safely. Other children, unable to return home, need permanent care away from their families.

Fostering is about more than just ‘parenting’. It’s a team of people working with parents and social workers to care for children.

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