Parent and child fostering is when specialist foster carers provide homes for one or both parents together with their child. There are many reasons for a parent and child placement but most often, a mum is having difficulties looking after their new baby and a court decides they should go into a Parent and Child fostering placement. Foster placements like this involve the foster carer supporting the family and helping them with parenting skills. They may not have experienced great parenting themselves or may have been in care themselves and so need an experienced parental figure to help them become a better parent. The aim of these placements is to keep families together.
Fostering teenagers is unique- they have a fresh perspective on life, are curious and engaging. Teenagers will challenge your ideas, your beliefs and your strategies and keep you on your toes. It can be incredibly rewarding as you build their trust and see their personality evolve with your guidance. Your influence as a carer may act as the launch pad to the rest of their life. Whether it’s choosing their GCSE options or helping guide them to a career they aspire to, there’s a great sense of pride in seeing a teenage foster child achieve their goals.
As with all children in need of foster care, siblings may have experienced neglect or abuse. Sometimes the eldest child will have ‘parented’ the younger ones, sometimes they may have delayed development or health issues. Where appropriate, Affinity strives to keep sibling groups together and avoid the distressing situation where siblings lose the companionship of their brothers and sisters.
Along with a room for each child, fostering siblings often requires extra time, enthusiasm and energy to meet the needs of each individual child, and Foster Carers who can accommodate child groups are in great demand.