What is fostering?

Fostering is a rewarding and challenging role, with the chance for foster carers to make a real difference to a child or young person’s life.

What do foster carers do?

By becoming a foster carer, you will be providing a welcoming and caring environment where children and young people will be safe from harm. You will be giving them the opportunity to grow and develop to reach their full potential, by helping to ensure that their emotional, health and educational needs are met.

The difficult backgrounds that many looked after children and young people have experienced means they may find it hard to build relationships. With support, patience and reassurance, you can help a child or young person to build their self-esteem and confidence.

Fostering today involves working closely with others involved in the welfare of the children you are caring for. Foster carers work closely as a team, not only with professionals but also in supporting each other.

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