During the assessment process to become a foster carer with us at Reach Out Care, you will have the opportunity to talk to your dedicated supervising social worker (SSW) about what kind of fostering you want to do.
We will then work hard to ensure children and young people coming into your care are well matched in terms of your existing skills, experience and knowledge, as well as making sure they will fit in well with your living situation, such as whether you already have birth children in your home.
Types of fostering you can provide when fostering with us include:
This may be overnight or last for several months and is the most common type of foster care. The length of care will depend upon the decisions made for the child as we work with the local authority to come up with the best possible solution for all parties.
This is for children who are unlikely to return to their birth family. They may stay with a fostering family until the age of 18 or beyond if required, with foster carers able to provide essential stability and support as children grow and develop into young adults.
Children may be brought to you either day or night by a duty social worker or the police, so this type of foster care is best suited to people who know they are going to be readily available to foster children and young people at short notice.
Wherever possible, it is important for brothers and sisters to stay together. This involves having a slightly busier household, but the significant reward in knowing you have helped raise siblings in need is one that cannot be underestimated.
Parent and child
This is where specialist foster carers provide homes for one, or more rarely, two parents with their child. The carer will support with teaching parenting skills while assessments are carried out and future, more concrete plans are made in their best interests.