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What is fostering?

Sometimes a child or young person is unable to live with their birth family and as a result, they need an alternative.

By choosing to be a foster carer, you can provide a child or children with a home for a few weeks, months or even years.

Foster carers provide much needed stability. An incredibly rewarding role, you help keep a child connected to their family, school, and friends.

Sometimes a child or young person is unable to live with their birth family and as a result, they need an alternative.

By choosing to be a foster carer, you can provide a child or children with a home for a few weeks, months or even years. Foster carers provide much needed stability. An incredibly rewarding role, you help keep a child connected to their family, school, and friends.

Fostering involves providing a child with a home, care, love, understanding, attention, and guidance. Yes, it can be a little bumpy at times, but the highs far outweigh the lows as you make a lasting difference to a child’s life.

Our community of foster carers come from all backgrounds with a wide range of work and life experiences. There’s one thing that they all share though, and that’s the longing to make a difference.

Giving you the support you need

As a foster carer with Blackpool Council, you will never be alone as a supervising social worker will be there to guide you. You will also receive full training and support from our experienced team who will be with you every step of the way.

Types of foster care

As a foster carer, you could care for children and young people across a wide age range. This could be for several nights or years. Foster carers tend to provide one of two types of foster care – either short-term or long-term fostering.

Short-term fostering

Each child’s situation is different, but most are cared for by a foster carer whilst plans are made for their future. As a short-term foster carer, you will care for lots of different children over time. This care could be for a couple of days or for a few weeks or months.

Long-term fostering

Many children who are fostered will be reunited with their birth family. However, for some this is not possible and long-term foster care is assessed to be the best option. Many children who need a long-term foster home form a strong bond with their foster carers as they journey into young adulthood.

Many will go on to celebrate their 18th birthday with their foster family and reach many milestones along the way.

Other types of fostering

Connected carers

This is where a child goes to live with someone they already know. This could be a family member such as a grandparent, an aunty or uncle, or a sibling who takes on the role as a connected carer

Parent and child fostering

Some parents need support caring for their child (usually a baby). As a foster carer, your role is to support the parent to develop the skills they need to care for their child. This type of fostering is often offered to young parents who are struggling, making it a nurturing and supportive role.

Want to know more?

There are many children and young people waiting for a foster home – somewhere they can feel supported and cared for. As any of our foster carers will tell you, fostering is more than just a job. It offers a new way of life – one filled with excitement and great personal satisfaction.

We would love to hear from you, contact us.