Shropshire Fostering

So what is fostering?... A foster carer offers love, support and a secure home to children who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their own families. Foster care in Shropshire focuses on the needs of each child and offers support to whole families. It can be challenging and stressful – a child may have suffered recent abuse and neglect or been caught at the centre of a family crisis. But it can be enormously rewarding and a lot of fun too. Foster carers touch the lives of each and every child they welcome into their home, whether it’s for a matter of days or a matter of years, by committing their time and their love, carers give children – and often whole families – the time and the space to rebuild their lives.

…and are there different types of fostering?

A foster carer may be asked to look after children of all ages, and from all sorts of backgrounds – young children, teenagers, sibling groups and children with disabilities.

Depending on the circumstances of the child and their family, the aim of each placement can vary. The aim of fostering is to return the child to his or her own family or to a permanent placement as soon as possible.

This can be anything from an overnight stay to several months. An emergency placement may be made when social workers feel it is essential to take the child away from a particular situation that is unsafe.

Sometimes long term or permanent foster care offers older children care and security in a family for as long as it is needed. Children in long term foster care can grow up to reach their potential and to keep in touch with their own families.

Shared Care and Short Break foster care are terms to cover a variety of different types of part time care, which may be anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.

…and are there different types of fostering?

A foster carer may be asked to look after children of all ages, and from all sorts of backgrounds – young children, teenagers, sibling groups and children with disabilities.

Depending on the circumstances of the child and their family, the aim of each placement can vary. The aim of fostering is to return the child to his or her own family or to a permanent placement as soon as possible.

This can be anything from an overnight stay to several months. An emergency placement may be made when social workers feel it is essential to take the child away from a particular situation that is unsafe.

Sometimes long term or permanent foster care offers older children care and security in a family for as long as it is needed. Children in long term foster care can grow up to reach their potential and to keep in touch with their own families.

Shared Care and Short Break foster care are terms to cover a variety of different types of part time care, which may be anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.