Are you looking for helpful information about fostering children? It could be that you’re interested but unsure where – or even if – to start. Let’s face it, the thought of becoming a foster carer can seem daunting.
Choosing to foster a child is a big step to take, so you need to prepare in the right way. The more facts you’re armed with, the easier you will find it to make an informed decision about whether it’s for you.
Guide to Fostering Children
Use the links in this 7-part guide to get a better understanding of the practice and process of fostering children.
Part 1 – The fostering landscape
The term ‘fostering landscape’ refers to the setting, in which foster care exists. Background information that’s useful if you’re keen to foster children. Find out what the current landscape looks like.
Part 2 – Requirements to Foster
Have you got any niggling doubts about whether you could foster? Maybe you think you won’t ‘fit the bill’ or that some area of your background might exclude you. Learn more about the requirements.
Part 3 – How to Become a Foster Carer
Before you make a firm enquiry about becoming a foster carer, you might want to know how the process works. Find out what to expect, from your initial enquiry through to approval as a foster carer.
Part 4 – Fostering a Child – The Process
The process of fostering varies, according to which agency you work with. This part of the guide explains what happens between being approved as a foster carer and welcoming your first child.
Part 5 – Fostering Regulations
Thinking seriously about fostering children? If you are, you might have questions about issues such as the fostering regulations. Here are some of the main points foster carers need to know.
Part 6 – Foster Care Payments
If you’re considering the idea of fostering, what about the small matter of foster care payments? You will want an idea of the pay and allowances you’ll receive before you make a decision.
Part 7 – Fostering Children FAQ
Still unsure about something? Check our frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t featured, just ask us, and we’ll answer it.
Your Guide to Fostering Resources
Articles about Fostering Children
Catch up with all the latest gossip on our fostering blog. You’ll find articles listed under the following categories:
- Fostering Process
- Fostering Statistics
- Foster Care News
- Fostering Legislation
- Foster Caring
- Fostering Services
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Foster Care Basics
If you’re new to fostering, you’re bound to have some unanswered questions. If so, this 6-part Guide to Foster Care will help you understand how the service works. It covers these topics:
- What is Foster Care
- Types of Foster Care
- Foster Care System
- Fostering Agencies
- Children in Foster Care
- Foster Care FAQ
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