Foster children are children who cannot live with their birth family for a number of reasons, such as neglect (not having their basic needs for warmth, love and food met), abuse, family relationship breakdown, or because they are asylum-seeking children.
What kind of young people need Foster Care?
The child coming to live with you could be 5 years old or 15 years old, but whatever age they are, they need a loving, safe environment in which to develop to adulthood.
Any child , whatever their age, who has to move from their birth family to a foster family, whether it is for a few days, months or for several years, will have probably complex difficulties that they will have help from professionals to overcome.
Some might have complex health needs, disabilities or find it hard to manage their feelings at times because of trauma they have experienced, or because they just hadn't had the right help from their family to do this.
What they all need are committed, empathic and caring foster carers who will help them feel safe, loved and who will help them achieve so they can go on to lead fulfilling and successful lives.
One of the most important factors in ensuring this happens is being in a loving, supportive and consistent family environment.
Types of Placements
Caldecott Fostering Service provides a variety of placements to children and young people. Their needs are given priority attention to offer them the best place to live in. Listed below are the different types of placements that we provide.
Short Term (Temporary) Placements
Short term foster carers provide a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their own family, move into a longer-term fostering placement or an adoptive family is found. This can last for a few weeks.
Long Term (Permanent) Placements
When a child or young person cannot return home, decisions have to be made to find a permanent family for the child. These placements will usually last until the young person leaves care at 18 years of age. Often they remain as part of the carer’s family even when they have moved into independence.
These placements are for children and young people who need intensive input not only from the carers but from other professionals. The idea of these placement is to help the young person develop pro-social learning skills to help them change/modify their behaviours which are causing them to get into trouble or bringing them to the attention of other agencies etc. These placements will last until the young person’s behaviours are modified or the placement changes into permanent placement or they are moved to other placements.
Respite involves children living with their own family or foster carers, but having short stays with another foster family to give their family/main carers a break. At Caldecott Fostering Service, this usually involves looking after a child or young person who is placed with our foster carers for a weekend or one to two weeks.
Parent and Child Placements
This type of placement is provided to a mother and/or father and their child/ren where foster carers can provide support and guidance to the parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills.
The Fostering Service is able to provide a supervised contact service at Caldecott House, or off site if agreed with the local authority. The aim of this service is to make supervised contact less stressful particularly for the children and young people and to ensure that parents are made to feel welcome.