What does fostering involve?
Improving life chances
Fostering is about having the skills, knowledge and ability to respond to a child's needs, helping them to recover from what they have been through and helping them to thrive and succeed in all aspects of life.
As well as providing day to day care, foster carers assist and support contact with birth families and other individuals who are significant in a young person's life. They also support and enable children to transition into adulthood positively, improving their life chances.
What does a foster carer do?
As a foster carer you will have responsibility for the care, in your home, of children placed with you - and for working with all those involved in helping them to reach their full potential. Typically, this will include:
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment to keep young people safe from harm
- Providing day-to-day care, thinking about the particular demands of children separated from their birth families
- Implementing the child’s care plan, and agreeing how you and other people involved in supporting the child will achieve this
- Promoting children's growth and development, including health (physical, emotional and mental) and achievements
- Respecting each child as an individual, listening to their views and helping to build their confidence, self-esteem and identity
- Encouraging each child to have a positive understanding of their origins, religion and culture
- Working as part of a team, with social care staff and other professionals including schools and health workers
- Attending meetings about the child, sharing information and keeping careful written records about the child’s progress
- Participating in training opportunities and recognising the benefits of continued learning
- Dealing responsibly with confidential information
“Everyone at Kasper is valued, know each other and the organisation is a reflection of everyone involved. I believe that every single child in care should be provided with the same quality of foster care that I experienced at Kasper Fostering with their individual needs and rights promoted without compromise”.
Tom (Aged 29yrs, former foster child)
For more of Tom’s thoughts on fostering click this link. To read our Statement of Purpose, click here.