What is fostering?

Two adults with a childFostering provides stability, care and family support to children or young people who are not able to live with their parents.

There are many reasons why children are fostered and is often a temporary arrangement whilst work is done to return the children to their families. In these cases the length of foster placements can vary from a few days, weeks or months to a few years. Sometimes fostering can be a permanent arrangement for a child.

Sometimes fostered children and young people experience a very stressful and uncertain time due to being in care. The help and support from the foster carer, and their family and friends in their support network, can have a greatly positive impact on their lives.

Fostering can also be a career choice. It provides an opportunity to work from home whilst being rewarded financially for making a difference to a child’s life.