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What is fostering?

Fostering means caring for children and young people who cannot live with their own families.

The child or young person will live in your home for a period of time that could range from a few days, to several months, or in some cases several years.

Some children return to their birth families, others may be supported through long term fostering until they are ready to live independently and some are adopted.

Sometimes care can continue throughout a child's formative years up to the age of 21.

When a child is placed with you, you will form part of a team around that child, working with social workers and other professionals to ensuring the child gets the best care they need.

Our aim is that foster carers can provide a safe and caring family environment so that children feel safe from harm and abuse.

A foster carer can:

  • offer stability and
  • be committed to caring for a child
  • give a child your support

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