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What's Involved?

Fostering means:

  • looking after a child or young person in your own home
  • providing a stable family environment
  • attending meetings
  • keeping written records
  • promoting contact
  • managing confidential information
  • attending training

Foster Carers are extremely dedicated, flexible, non-judgmental, patient and have a sense of humour. All Foster Carers are self-employed and can only register with one Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority at a time.

Record Keeping

Record keeping is an important part of Fostering. Records have multiple purposes. They will provide the child with a diary of his/her childhood when the child is older, They will protect you from allegation when incidents happen, they may be used in court as evidence.

  • Daily recordings must be kept to record everything that has happened during the day, behavioural, educational, health, incidences etc
  • Monthly recordings are a summary of the event of the month and should be used to highlight any issues of significance

Caring in your own home

You are expected to care for the child as you would a birth child.

  • Shower him/her with love and reassurance
  • Provide a balanced diet
  • Support the child in their Education
  • Support the child with medical appointments and treatment, including dental or optical
  • Support the child with hobbies, activities
  • Provide life experiences
  • Include in family holidays
  • Each child should have their own bedroom

Attending Meetings

The Local Authorities hold 6 monthly “Looked After Children” (LAC) reviews which you are expected to attend. In addition, the child’s Social Worker will visits the child in your home. If adoption or court cases are involved then there will be additional meetings. Parents evenings, Education meetings, Counseling support may all be involved.

Promoting Contact

Foster children will often have contact with their birth family. This can extend from birth parents and sibling to grandparents, aunt and uncles. Some contact will be supervised and this is arranged by the Local Authority. You will be expected to transport the child to and from contact as arranged.

Recordings

Record keeping is an important part of Fostering. Records have multiple purposes. They will provide the child with a diary of his / her childhood when the child is older, They will protect you from allegations when incidents happen, they may be used in court as evidence.





Cariad Fostering
Pencoed technology Park
Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5HZ
Tel: 01656 861650
Email: enquiries@cariadfosteringltd.co.uk