What is foster care?

Foster care simply means caring for a child in your own home if they are unable to live with their own family. Fostering can be temporary or long-term. As a foster parent you do not assume parental responsibility for the children in your care. Parental responsibility’s held either their parent(s) or jointly with the local…

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What do I need to become a foster carer?

Being a foster carer simply means caring for a child as part of your family. You do not need any qualifications to become a foster parent, and you will receive all necessary support and training. Basic requirements Foster carers must be over 23 years old and be a UK resident or have indefinite leave to…

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How to prepare for a foster child in your family

Children playing at home

When welcoming a new foster child to your family, one of the biggest aspects to consider is how your children will cope with sharing their home and their parents. Some children may feel anxious, jealous or insecure about having a new child in the house. Particularly one who may have a very different life experience…

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How much do foster carers get paid?

Fostering can be a very demanding job requiring you to be constantly available to nurture and provide support to children. Foster children may be experiencing upheaval, uncertainty and trauma in their lives. Once you are an approved Diagrama Foster carer, you will receive foster care pay. This foster care payment is for your time, care…

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What types of foster care are there?

Foster care simply means you’ll be caring for children and young people when they are not able to live with their own families. Foster parents differ from adoptive parents because they do not take parental responsibility for the children in their care. However, there are different types of foster care, which we have set out…

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