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The different types of foster care we offer
All sorts of children and young people enter foster care and the type of child you choose to look after will depend on a variety of factors such as the child's needs (social, emotional, location, cultural, religious, contact with birth family), your family circumstances and interests and the requirements of the local authority. At Cornerways we take all of these things into account when matching a child with a foster carer and we only place a child if the carer is in agreement with the match. Here are some of the different types of fostering you could consider:
Parent and child placements occur where there are concerns over parenting ability or about potential danger in the community to the parent and/or child. Carers are trained to record observations, give evidence in court and help the parent to develop good child care skills. The parent may be a teenager or already an adult and is likely to face challenges in their own life. This is a specialised activity and Cornerways focuses on delivering very competent and experienced carers for parent and baby fostering.
Many unaccompanied children arrive every year in the UK from overseas.
Many of these children have lived through traumatic experiences and require high levels of nurturing.
They may need support adapting to a different culture and language and with getting their asylum claims processed.
During a crisis in a child’s life while a plan for their future is made.
Foster carers work with the child’s family and Social Worker to help the child keep in contact with important people. They ensure that the child’s health and educational needs are met and that the child feels accepted, valued, protected, listened to, encouraged and cared for.
Sometimes an emergency foster placement is made when there has been a sudden and unexpected breakdown in a child’s normal life. In these cases a child may be placed on the same day. Some carers also provide respite, short regular or one off breaks so to help children remain with their birth parents.
For young people aged 9+ who can’t return to their birth family.
A commitment to care for a child through all the ups and downs of growing up and, eventually, to help prepare them for independent life.