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A Guide to Long Term Fostering

 

What is long term Foster Care?

The term long term Fostering is used by Social Workers to describe the needs of children for whom Services for Children and Young People must find alternative families for the duration of childhood.

 

Why do children need long term care?

Services for Children and Young People has a duty to protect children from significant harm.

We work hard to assist parents to care for their children. However, in some cases, relationships between parents and children are so damaged that a child will have no opportunity to receive the protection, love and are that they will need to grow up happy and safe.

Such children need adoptive parents or a long term foster placement lasting the duration of childhood.

 

What is expected of a long term Foster Carer?

In simplest terms - to care for a child as a full member of your family.

Children who need long term care will have lacked the close attachment to an adult which is vital to their healthy growth and development. They need an adult who will give them commitment and to whom they can safely attach without fear or further loss.

 

What role will the child's birth parents play?

This will depend upon each child's situation.

Children who need permanent care will generally have plans agreed and protected by a court order. The decision will already have been made that a child cannot be cared for by their birth parent.

However, depending upon the situation there may still be benefit for a child continuing to have some contact with a parent or relative either indirectly (by letter, exchange of photographs etc.) or by direct contact.

 

What support will I receive?

You will receive preparation and training from the Fostering Service before any placement is made, and you will be asked to consider the implications of making a long term commitment to a child, upon yourself and your family.

Intensive support will be provided during the initial stages of a placement. This will reduce to monthly or six weekly visits by a Supervising Worker from the Fostering Team.
 

How do you apply?

If you are interested in applying to become a carer, have any queries or would like more information, don’t hesitate to call the Fostering Front Door.

Simply call the number below and they will take basic details and pass them onto the Fostering Team who will ten arrange a visit to meet you and provide you more information about the process and how to progress.

Tel: 0161 342 2342


If you have any other questions you wish to have answered you can contact the fostering team.

Tel: 0161 342 4300

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