Are you interested in becoming a foster carer but don't know enough about it? Perhaps you assume your circumstances or expectations mean you wouldn't be accepted. Here, with help from Achieving for Children, we get all your questions answered.
There are now 70,000 children in care. Many of these children are on the adoption register looking for permanent homes but for a large proportion a foster home is more appropriate: they have on-going contact with their families who are unable to look after them without support, there may be a need for short-term support or they may have a disability. 9,000 more homes will be needed this year compared to last year. People from all walks of life are needed to provide a stable environment for children to be safe and supported. It takes a very special person to foster, but many people don’t realise that they have the skills to be a foster carer. Together with Achieving for Children we explore the rewards of fostering, dispel the myths and explain some of the types of fostering support that you could provide.
Achieving for Children is a social enterprise company created by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide their children's services. To find out more click here
For support on fostering contact New Family Social, the charity for LGBT adoption and fostering: www.newfamilysocial.org.uk