Every year, hundreds of children in England go and live with foster carers. Some children live with foster families for just a few days, but some live with them for a few years. Fostering is a way of providing these children and young people with a safe place to live and a positive start in life when they can no longer live at home with their family.
Our fostering service, Trust Fostering, aims to make sure all children and young people who cannot live with their birth family are happy and well looked after. We are passionate about improving children’s lives and making fostering fun too.
Expand the boxes below to find out more, or if you’re interested in becoming a foster carer visit our dedicated fostering website here.
- I live with a foster family
Your foster family will take care of you, making sure you are happy and well looked after, that you live in a safe and clean house, and that you feel at home. It might feel strange living with a foster family at first, but they will try to make you feel as at home as possible. They will talk to you about things like what you want to eat, your hobbies and interests and what you do at school. Your social worker will talk to you about how long you will live with your foster family and will be there for you if you need someone to talk to about living in foster care.
- I miss my family
It is OK for you to miss birth family or other members of your family. Some children who are fostered still see members of their family or people who are important to them. Your social worker will talk to you about this and will make arrangements for you to see them. This is called ‘family time’.
- Who can I talk to about living with a foster family?
It can be scary going to live with a different family in a strange house. If you are not happy, don’t understand or upset, you can talk to someone who you trust. This might be a teacher, your social worker or maybe your foster carer.
If you don’t want to talk to them, there are lots of other people you could talk to like:
Your Independent Reviewing Officer whose job it is to make sure you are listened to.
The Children’s Commissioner for England, who has to make sure all children in England are listened to. Contact them by visiting www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk
- I am looking after someone else’s child, am I a foster carer?
If you are looking after someone else’s child, and you are not a parent or close relative, then you may be providing private foster care. Legally you must inform the Trust, please click here to find out more.
- I want to become a foster carer
We are always looking for people who are interested in becoming foster carers. If you think you can provide a safe and secure home for a child who cannot, for whatever reason, live with their birth family, then please get in touch. We accept applications from people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. Find out more by visiting our dedicated fostering service website: www.trustfostering.co.uk
- I am an agency foster carer, what makes Trust Fostering different?
We pride ourselves on the quality of our support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have experienced social workers and fostering ambassadors on hand to answer any queries you may have, and are a part of the Doncaster Foster Carer’s Association, who offer activities and events for foster families to join together. On top of that we use the Mockingbird model to provide extra support to our foster carers, by creating an extended family network too. We’re local, and proud of it, we offer competitive rates and we’re the only organisation in Doncaster who can offer placements exclusively, before any of the agencies. If you want to find out more about joining our family visit our dedicated fostering service website www.trustfostering.co.uk
Fostering – a children’s guide (This document will be available shortly)
Delegated authority (This document will be available shortly)