What is fostering?

A child may need care for just a few days, a few months, several years, or until care-leaving age.

There are several reasons why a child or young person would need to be placed with a foster carer. These include:

  • A breakdown in family relationships;

  • Their only parent is in hospital;

  • Parental health problems including alcohol or drug misuse;

  • Respite for families who care for a child with a disability;

  • Children who have suffered from abuse, including neglect.

Every child in care will have faced loss and separation from their birth family so they need help to feel secure, safe and cared for. Fostering provides children with a stable and loving home, giving them the support they need to strive and develop.