What is fostering

What is fostering?

Fostering is a way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own birth family. There are many reasons for this including:

  • Parents are unable to care for the children for various reasons, such as illness, family problems, substance abuse, serious mental health issues and incarceration.
  • Children are at risk of being harmed or have already been physically, emotionally or sexually abused or neglected. There are different forms of foster care designed to meet the different needs of children and their families.
  • Emergency care: providing immediate shelter in a crisis at any time of day or night.
  • Short term care: providing a safe base for a child while permanent plans can be secured. This can include reunification back home, adoption or long term fostering. This can take up to two years.
  • Long term care: providing a permanent, secure and loving home for a child who cannot return to their birth family.
  • Respite care: providing short breaks to other foster carers and give children a break too
  • Specialist care: can include things like – parent and child arrangements, remand placements, therapeutic fostering.

Diagrama needs foster carers who are going to be consistent in providing care and who won't give up on them. If you think you could help transform a child's life through foster care, find out more about what's involved here.