Main Fostering Scheme (fee paying)
If you meet the criteria, a weekly fee is paid to each carer to recognise the skills they have and the work they do. Foster carers receive this in addition to the allowances paid for each child placed with them, which is for clothing, food, pocket money and savings for the child. You’ll be given full details and training on every aspect of foster caring once you’ve been approved.
Foster carers are able to offer respite, short-term or permanent fostering. Respite care is to offer the substantive carer a break. Short-term fostering is looking after a child or children for anything from a week to two years. Permanent fostering is for children who may need to be looked after permanently without being legally adopted.
Parent and child foster carers provide a family environment of support and nurture for a parent and their child. Parent and child foster carers help young parents to develop confidence in their parenting skills in a safe environment.
Short Breaks Scheme
The time spent caring will vary depending on the needs of the child and family. It could be one weekend a month, one evening a week, or day-time during school holidays.
This will eventually help them to live in their own accommodation. When you become a supported lodgings carer, you offer a room in your own home to a young person between 16 and 21 years olds. They will have their own key, do their own shopping, cooking, cleaning and manage their own money. The young people require the support of adults who will be able to give them sound advice and guidance at a time when they are preparing to enter the adult world.
Remand Foster Care
Remand carers offer such a young person a home, for anything from a few nights to a few months, depending on how long the process takes. They receive specialist training and payment as well as support from the Youth Offending Team (YOT), which specialises in helping young people through the court system and making positive changes in their lives.
Remand foster carers must be able to offer placements at short notice. They can be single or a couple but should not have other children under the age of 16 living in the home and, of course, must have a spare room.