There are different types of fostering and together we will help you to decide what suits you best. Speak to us today about the types of foster carers we currently need in Hampshire.
Short term fostering can be anything from an emergency overnight stay to a number of months. In most cases the children return to their birth family but some move to a longer term foster placement or they are adopted.
Long term foster care is providing a long term stable home for a child, supporting them through to adulthood and independence. The child will become a member of your family while continuing to have a relationship with their birth family through contact.
Parent and Child Placements
Parent and child placements offer support and advice to help the parent care for their own child. The aim is for the parent to learn the skills to care for their child independently. These placements vary from a few weeks to a few months and the children are mostly babies or young children.
Specialist Respite Care
Specialist Respite Carers provide regular and on going care for children with a range of needs, including physical disabilities, medical care, learning difficulties and autism. This offers parents a regular break, whilst giving the child opportunities to have new experiences. Being a Specialist Respite Carer is a rewarding way for you to make a real difference to a family who have a child with additional needs.
More information on Specialist Respite Care.
Emergency and out of hours
Sometimes we need our foster carers to provide emergency or out of hours care. If you are able to provide a home for a night or a few days, then please speak to us.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
UASC are children and young people who have either travelled alone or who have become separated from anyone with parental and/or care responsibility for them. Children seek asylum because they have a genuine need for protection and are in search of safety. As you may expect, these children and young people are often distressed and frightened as a result of the experiences they have been through.
Increasing numbers of refugees are entering the UK with many of the young people coming from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Most are boys aged between 13 and 17. In some cases the children will speak little or no English
Fostering an unaccompanied asylum seeking child is a way of helping in these times of crisis.
Fostering young people who are seeking asylum can be challenging but is also hugely rewarding as carers start to see the children settle into their new life in the UK.
Good foster carers can make a huge difference to the lives of many unaccompanied children and young people.
We are looking for carers who have the resilience to manage the huge differences these children and young people are facing on a daily basis and with support help the child or young person to access education establish a routine with their day-to-day living.
If you have a spare room, childcare experience and the time to support an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, contact the Recruitment Team on 0300 555 1384 for further information.