There are many emotional, social and economic benefits to becoming a Foster Carer. Ultimately, fostering makes a positive impact on children and young people’s lives. Even if you only have a child for a short period of time, you have the ability to nurture the child, teach lifelong lessons and set positive examples for their future.
The many benefits of becoming a Foster Carer include:
– Making a difference to a child’s life – Experiencing a sense of achievement from helping others
– Enjoying having children in your life
– Gaining satisfaction from helping a child learn and develop
– Having an opportunity to use your parenting or life skills
– Helping your own family learn to share and care for others
– Taking on a fresh challenge, whatever your age
Fostering provides a safe, secure and nurturing family environment for children and young adults either short- or long-term, and allows children to keep in contact with their own families if they wish.
Children come into Foster Care for a variety of reasons, from; a family member’s short-term illness, abuse, neglect to a parent suffering from depression or drug & alcohol misuse.
Foster children may have led unpredictable, insecure and unsettled lives. At PICS, we ensure our foster carers offer children and young people the security and stability they need to build themselves a stronger, happier, more secure future.
In most cases, a child will need to have one foster carer at home full-time so that they get the very best possible care. (Although with some placements, there may be the possibility of doing flexible, part-time or home working – you can talk to us about this.)
To help provide for the clothes, food, outings and treats a child needs, and to put carers in a position where they are able to stay at home and devote their full attention to their child, a fostering allowance is provided. At PICS, we offer very competitive allowances to help you do the best for the child and reward you for your hard work. Our rates are very competitive and can vary from placement to placement.
Short-term These are the most common types of placement and can vary in length from a couple of weeks to a couple of years. The children involved may be going through care proceedings or waiting to be adopted. Alternatively, their parents may be temporarily unable to care for them, through illness or other circumstance.
Long-term These placements allow children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted, to live in a stable, caring family environment until they become adults. Unlike with adoption, the children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority, and fostering allowances continue to be supplied to the Foster Carer.
Parent and child These may be pre-birth placements, to help the mother prepare for the arrival of her baby. Or they may be a parent who needs some help to learn basic care skills, and how to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their child.
Specialist placements Some children have specialist needs – perhaps because they have a disability, or they have come to the UK seeking asylum and have little or no English skills. At PICS, we will provide you with the full specialist training to ensure you are able to care for these specialist needs.
Respite care All foster parents are entitled to 2 weeks respite leave a year. Similarly for parents of children with disabilities, regular breaks can often be a lifesaver. Respite care fostering provides these vital breathers for the carers.