About Fostering

Your gift of time could make a huge difference to the life of a local child.

Whether it be for two days, two weeks, two months or even two years, your time and flexibility can have a big impact on the lives of children in care.

Foster Carers look after children when they are unable to live with their own families. This can be anything from a few days to a few years. Fostering can involve looking after children of all ages, from babies to teenagers and beyond their 18th birthday. You can choose a preferred age range to suit your family, but this should be as wide as possible.

Fostering with The Children’s Centre Family Placement Services gives you the chance to help local children by providing a stable, secure environment which enables them to stay in their local area and go to their local school. With support and training on your doorstep, and an experienced team nearby that you can trust to be there every step of the way, why not join over 50 local families who already foster with us?

Our mission

To provide a professional fostering service, where carers are valued and supported in offering a warm, caring and nurturing environment, conducive to enhancing self-belief, emotional development and growth for children in their care.

Statement of purpose

Our latest statement of purpose can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Types of fostering

General

Looking after children (aged 0-18+) with the aim of returning the children to their birth families. If the child cannot return home, Foster Carers can help children move onto a new adoptive family, foster family or become their long term foster family and support them into adulthood.

Respite

Offer support to full time Foster Carers to give them a break and provide an extended family for the child. They can also offer a safe place for a child to stay in an emergency or for a short period to help a family.

Short break

Provide regular weekend overnight visits and holidays for a disabled child (aged 5-19) for many years. The children live at home with their family.

Who can foster?

Spare bedroom
Spare bedroom
Spare bedroom
You must have a spare bedroom. Foster children must have a separate bedroom from your own children. If you are fostering siblings under five years old of the same gender, then they may be able to share a room.
Time and energy
Time and energy
Time and energy
You will need to be committed to the needs of the child or young person, and have time to attend training courses and meetings, collect children from school, and have regular free time at weekends and school holidays.
Age
Age
Age
You must be over the age of 21, and old enough to act as an appropriate parental figure to a child or young person you are caring for, but there is no upper age limit.
Personality
Personality
Personality
You will need determination, resilience and understanding for the good times and bad, and a sense of humour.
Good health
Good health
Good health
You must look after your own health. Our expectation is that Foster Carers do not smoke around any children. You will be asked to undertake a full medical with your own GP to ensure you can meet the needs of the child or young person.
Stable relationship
Stable relationship
Stable relationship
You can be single, married, civil partners, divorced, or living with a partner, and be of any sexual orientation or ethnicity.

What does a Foster Carer do?

Care for children and young people

• Set rules and boundaries for children
• Help children to be healthy, develop socially and emotionally and do their best in school
• Help the child to maintain their identity, religion and culture
• Help the child move onto the next stage of their life

Provide a safe and caring environment

• Keep the child safe and teach them about keeping themselves safe
• Help the child to keep in touch with siblings and relatives
• Represent the child, when they need an adult’s voice to speak on their behalf

Work as part of a team

• Keep records of behaviour, care, and attend meetings
• Keep information about the child and their family confidential
• Work as part of a team with social workers, the child, and their family

Improve your own skills

• Attend training and support meetings
• Use supervision with your Supervising Social Worker to reflect on your practice and learning

Interested in becoming a Foster Carer?