YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE
Some children can’t live with their birth family for a variety of different reasons, such as neglect (not having their basic needs for warmth, love, and food met); abuse; family relationship breakdown; asylum-seeking children. Most of the children referred to us will have suffered trauma. This impacts on their relationships. We offer opportunities for children to heal from the trauma by experiencing safe secure relationships with our foster families
What kind of young people need Foster Care?
Whatever their age, they need a loving, safe environment in which to grow into adulthood.
Any child who moves into foster care, whether for a few days/months or for several years, will have their own unique difficulties that professionals will help them to overcome.
Some might have complex health needs, disabilities, or find it hard to manage their feelings because of trauma they have experienced, or because they just hadn’t had the right help from their family.
What the young people going into foster care need are committed, empathic and caring Foster Parents who will help them feel safe and loved, as well as help them achieve their goals so that they can go on to lead fulfilling and successful lives.
All children need to feel and be in a safe, loving, supportive and consistent family environment.
Types of Placements
Our Fostering Service provides a variety of placements to young people. Their needs are given priority to offer them the best place to live. Our therapeutic approach is at the heart of what we do; this supports our foster carers to learn and develop these approaches to caring for children and young people who have experienced trauma.
Short Term Temporary Placements
Short-Term Foster Carers offer a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their family, move into a longer-term placement or until an adoptive family is found.
Long Term Permanent Placements
When a young person can’t return home, a permanent family for the child needs to be found. These placements will usually last until the young person leaves care at 18 years of age. They often remain as part of the carer’s family even when they have moved into independence.