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Foster care – fostering children as a foster carer / parent

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Parent and child fostering

Be incredible; find out more about parent and child fostering today.

Register your interest online and we’ll send you an information pack, which explains everything you need to know.

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Anyone who has children will remember that becoming a parent can be quite a daunting experience. Having someone who understands what you’re going through and can offer help and guidance can make a massive difference.

We’re looking for people with experience or knowledge of good parenting to nurture young parents with the skills, support and confidence they need to help them continue to care for their babies or small children. They could be teenage mothers who need a helping hand and don’t have support available, or even older parents who may need additional support to build their confidence and skills.

A parent and their child will live with you for 12 weeks (sometimes longer) and during this time you will offer mentoring, advice and practical and emotional support to help them prepare for independence. You’ll also be expected to contribute to the assessment of the parent and their ability to care for their child.

You’ll be paid for your time and supported by an experienced team

You’ll receive specific training linked to the new scheme, the usual support and training open to all Central Bedfordshire foster carers, and an intensive support rate of £550 a week when you have a parent and child in placement.

When you are not taking part in this scheme, you can still offer respite, short or longer-term placements, but at the usual fostering rate of £100 or £175 a week alongside an allowance for the child you are caring for.

If you’ve got a spare room and a car, we’d love to hear from you

We’re interested in hearing from people of all backgrounds who want to take on this extraordinary role. The only thing we ask is that you have experience or knowledge of good parenting, have a spare room, are able to drive and have access to a car.

Download our parent and child fostering leaflet (PDF 921.7KB) to read more.

Enquire today

Your help and support could make all the difference to a parent remaining with their child and being able to live independently.

Of course, if you’d rather have a chat straight away, call us on 0300 300 8181 and one of our friendly staff can go through the process with you.

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