Foster Care Basics

Introduction to the current service

Most of us understand the basic concept of foster care, but it’s an intricate service. Maybe you are looking at it for the first time, or you want to know a bit more about how it works. If so, the guide below will help you.

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Children in care come from all cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and age groups. They have often endured unhappy childhood experiences, and many have needs that are complex. The majority of looked after children live with foster families, but what is foster care and how does it work?


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Guide to Foster Care Basics

If you’re new to the practice and process of fostering children, you’ve probably got a few questions. Let’s face it, it’s a vast topic. This 6-part guide will help you understand how foster care works.

What is Foster Care?

Part 1 - You will know that that it’s about providing a home for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. But beyond this basic concept, what is foster care? This part of the guide explains.

Types of Foster Care

Part 2 - Every fostered child has a unique set of circumstances and needs. So, it follows that there are different types of fostering. Here’s an outline of 10 popular types.

The Foster Care System

Part 3 - Planning and organising the care of looked after children isn’t straightforward. That’s why there’s a purposeful structure behind the service. See this outline of how the foster care system works.

Fostering Agencies

Part 4 - There are hundreds of fostering agencies across the UK, and they fall into three main categories. This part of the guide explains the critical role they play within the current system.

Children in Foster Care

Part 5 – When you hear about children in care, what kind of image does it conjure up? The truth is, there’s no typical type of foster child. Get some of the facts about children who live with foster families.

Foster Care FAQ

Part 6 – If there’s something else you want to know, check our frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t featured, use our ‘ask the expert form’ – and we’ll be happy to provide the answer.

Prospective Foster Carers

Unsure whether fostering is for you? Use this 7-part guide to fostering as a starting point. It covers these topics:

  • The Fostering Landscape
  • The Requirements to Foster
  • How to Become a Foster Carer
  • The Process of Fostering a Child
  • Fostering Regulations
  • Foster Care Payments
  • Fostering Children FAQ’s

Want More Information About Foster Care?

If you are already familiar with the basics, you might be interested in the growing list of articles about foster care on our blog. Have a look, you’ll be able to choose from the following categories:

  • Foster Children
  • Fostering Statistics
  • Foster Care News
  • Fostering Legislation
  • Foster Caring
  • Fostering Agencies

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