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What is fostering

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Everything you need to know about Foster Care

Foster care is becoming one of the most talked about topics these days in family forums. To understand what foster care is all about, it’s important to understand what fostering is in the first place.

What is fostering?

What is fosteringFostering can be described as a means of providing family life and way of living for those children who can’t live with their blood parents. Mostly, it’s used to provide care on temporary basis while the parents are assisted to sort out their problems, or to help young people or children undergoing difficult period or situations in their lives. Often, the children return to their home once the issues that caused them to seek or be brought to foster care are solved, and when their parents are now capable of looking after them safely. Some other children may remain in foster care for long period of time. Others may be adopted while others go on and begin to live independently.

The various types of foster care

There are various types of care. These include the following: 

Emergency:

This is the type of foster care in which the children are just seeking save haven where they can stay for only few nights.

Short term:

This is the type of foster care in which the carers take care of children for just some few weeks or months, while plans for the future of that child are being made.

Short breaks:

Children with behavioural difficulties or special needs and disabled children can enjoy short stay on regular, pre-planned basis with new family, and their usual fosters or parents have some short break.

Remand fostering:

This is a type of foster care in which young people are remanded by order of the court. These young persons are normally required to be taken care of by specially trained foster carers. The practice is mostly common in Wales and England in the United Kingdom.

Permanent and long term:

This is a type of foster care in which children who can’t return to their families and don’t want to be adopted are taken through foster care till they get to adulthood age when they can live independently.

Kinship fostering:

This is a type of fostering in which children are taken care of by persons the way are related, and who they are known to. In other words, the provider of foster care is family member to the child who needs the care.

Private fostering:

This is the type of fostering in which parents make arrangement that allows the child to  be  taken care of by a person whom they are not related and has no parental responsibilities over the child. The child normally starts with the private foster carer for long period of time. Other foster fundamentals you need to know When parents are unfit, unwilling or unable to care for child, it will be unfair if that child is left to suffer and it’s upon the society and other interested parties to find new home. In some instance, there is no or very little chance that the child can return to the custody of their parents, and thus they direly need to get new permanent home. In some other situations, the children just need temporary home until the time when the situation of their parents changes to the better. In all situations, children require safe place where they can stay until that time when there is a permanent home available. In the past, caring for these children was a responsibility of churches, neighbours, and families, among others. As the population grew, and family disagreements increased causing many children to find themselves in this situation, many institutions including the government have come in to help address it. To be allowed to become foster parent you must show that you have the child’s beats interest at heart, and are interested in caring for them. You need not be married to become foster parent. However, just like the requirements of adopting a child, you will not be required to become foster parent of the child of opposite gender if you are not married. Criminal background checks may also be conducted to check if you are a law abiding citizen. Your home must also have adequate space and facilities to care for the child.