Parent and child fostering

Parent and child fostering

Caring for a parent and child

We are keen to find foster placements for parents and their children needing support for a few months. Parents who are unable to meet their child's most basic needs, sometimes need a nurturing family environment where they can be supported in looking after their baby or young child.

Parent and child foster placements may help a family stay together and provide a positive alternative to residential care, which can be expensive and isolating. Specialist foster carers provide practical and emotional support to help the parent develop the skills required to meet their own and their child's needs. If the parent has successfully completed an assessment within their fostering placement, they may then be supported to live independently with their child.

As a parent and child assessment foster carer, you will offer a time limited 12 week placement , in most cases where care proceedings are in place in respect of the child and an assessment of parenting ability is needed for planning and court purposes. The parent could be a mother, father or both. Additionally the parent may be under or over the age of 18 years. Where parents are under the age of 18 years they may also be looked After in their own right.

Your primary role will be as part of a team that assesses and gathers evidence for whether or not the child can safely remain with their parent or needs to be removed from their parent(s) permanently or long term

During the process you will also be required to model good parenting and offer advice and guidance on identified tasks to the parent which will have been outlined as part of placement planning.

These arrangements will require a high level of attention and supervision. In view of this carers for this project will have no other children under seven years old living in the home.

Parent and child foster carer key responsibilities

The responsibilities for parent and child foster carers include:

  • the primary carer will need to be at home and not working.
  • there can be no children younger than seven years old living in the home alongside the parent and child arrangement
  • the foster carers will need adequate accommodation for the parent and child to have their own room or share a room (as appropriate). They need to be able to accommodate the child in the carers bedroom where safeguarding requires this.
  • To work to child protection plans and care Plans as outlined for the court
  • to work as part of a multi-agency team including health, education and specialist support services.

What will you receive in return?

We recognise the need for you to be at home full time therefore we will pay you a weekly fee of £541.10 plus other relevant Looked After allowances. Where parents are not Looked After they will be expected to make a contribution. You will have the support of a dedicated social worker and social care worker.

You will have access to 24 hour support when the offices are closed via the foster care support line and the Emergency Duty Team. You will have access to a support group for carers.

Find out more about our experiences of the different types of fostering