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Foster for Bucks

2. What is fostering?

Fostering is a way of providing a safe and secure home environment for children and young people who cannot live with their own family. It is a rewarding and caring profession.

There are many reasons why children may need to be fostered, for example:

  • Their parents may be ill or unable to look after them
  • Parents may have to cope with severely disabled child and need an occasional break
  • Maybe the child has suffered neglect or abuse and had to be removed from home for their own safety

Many of the children who need fostering have been through some very traumatic experiences. They may have some quite challenging behaviour or they might just feel lonely and afraid.

As a foster carer, you will provide the support for a child at a time when they need it the most.

Fostering can make a big impact to a child’s life and it’s the care and love you give them during this time that can make a real difference. This is why we will ensure you have all the skills and support necessary to enable you to do this well.

In many situations, children are able to return back to their own families. However there may be occasions when this can’t happen. When a child can’t return to the family home they might either be adopted or placed into long term foster care. If this happens with a child you are looking after, we will provide you with all the support you need to help them and your family plan for the future.

 

 

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Last updated: 1 August 2017

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