About Fostering

We have all heard the term fostering, but what does it mean?

About Fostering

We have all heard the term fostering, but what does it mean?

Fostering is a broad term which means that a child is living with a fostering family because they are unable to live with their own birth family.

There are many different reasons why a child enters the care system and may need a foster parent. Some of the most common include: abuse or neglect, or a risk of abuse or neglect, a child’s parents being unable to look after them for many different reasons or a family crisis or breakdown that puts the child at significant risk of harm. 

At these times, local authorities and courts may decide to place the child or young person in foster care. Fostering and adoption are very different. When you adopt a child, you become their legal guardian and you’re responsible for them just as you would be for your own child. With fostering, legal responsibility remains with birth parents and local authorities for a child or young person.

For a child or young person, being separated from their family, sometimes their siblings, their home, and all of their familiar surroundings to go and live in an unfamiliar home with strangers, is a traumatic event. They need foster parents who can offer them a safe and nurturing home. They need foster parents who can help support them through this very difficult journey, help them understand the situation, work closely with many different professionals, show empathy to their birth family and above all, offer them patience, nurture and love.

Put yourself in their shoes, how would you feel? Your whole world changed in an instant and you may not be sure why, a strange bed, a stranger giving them their tea – you have to be patient and allow a child to heal. No matter what their situation was at home, it was their home, their family.

Nearly 70,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK each day. This is nearly three-quarters of the over 98,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK. Every year thousands of new foster families are needed.

In the North West, there is a huge need for foster parents who can care for children of all ages and backgrounds. Download our fostering guide now to find out about our therapeutic approach and the ongoing training and support we offer our foster parents.

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Hello everyone, my name is Karen Palfreyman, since our Registration with Ofsted in May 2024, I have been the Registered Manager at Foster Care Matters. I joined Foster Care Matters…

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