There are many reasons for a parent and child placement but, most often a court will decide on a parent and child fostering placement if a mum is having difficulties looking after their new baby. Our specialist foster carers support one or both parents with their child, supporting their new family and helping them to learn parenting skills.
There are many reasons why a young family may find themselves in this situation but, in many cases, it may be that they haven’t experienced great parenting in their own lives or may have been through the care system. As a result, we ensure that our foster carers are experienced parental figures who can pass on their parenting skills, hopefully enabling young families to stay together.
As a foster carer looking after teenagers, you can find yourself becoming the launch pad to the rest of their lives. It's incredibly rewarding to build a trustful relationship with them and to see their personalities blossom and evolve with your nurturing guidance.
Becoming a foster carer to teenagers is a unique experience. They challenge your ideas, beliefs and strategies and can keep you on your toes, but watching them achieve their goals gives the greatest sense of pride that you could imagine.
Whenever it is appropriate, Affinity strives to keep sibling groups together, avoiding the distressing situation of splitting brothers and sisters who may have experienced neglect and abuse.
Sometimes older siblings may have ‘parented’ the younger ones, who may have delayed development or health issues. As a result, it’s important to maintain this companionship through what can be an emotional and difficult uprooting.
Along with providing a room for each child, fostering siblings requires extra time, enthusiasm, and energy to meet the needs of each young person. Foster carers who can accommodate siblings are always in demand.