Why Foster Care?

Why foster care? As a foster carer, you will have a huge impact on a young person’s life, creating a more positive future and enabling them to fulfill their potential.

Making a Difference

People often ask: why foster care? Make no mistake: fostering can be challenging, but it can also be extremely rewarding. You can make a real difference to a young person’s life. At LiKa we believe that being able to change a young persons’ life for the better is the most wonderful gift anyone can give.

Foster care means providing a safe and supportive home for a young person who is unable to remain with their own parents or guardians. Young people can enter foster care via a number of routes: a voluntary arrangement between the parents and the Local Authority; a court order; or by the police, who may have needed to remove the young person from their family because of safety concerns.

Fostering gives you the opportunity to help often very vulnerable children in their time of greatest need. By offering love and care you might be able to break a cycle of abuse and neglect and help a child to heal. With your guidance they can rebuild their sense of self worth and grow into happy and healthy adults.

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“The support from our fostering agency has been fabulous. Group supervision provides the space to bounce ideas off each other on how to deal with certain situations. Good communication between all the agencies and birth family has been key to creating change to ensure our young person feels supported and cared for. This has helped him start to make the right choices”

Lika Foster Carer

Types of Placement

Life is complicated and does not come with instructions so we offer a range of ways that you can foster a young person to suit their needs as well as yours.

Short term

Short-term placements last for up to two years. These placements are helpful when a child does not have a long term plan agreed and needs some time away from their family while social workers decide their future. These sometimes begin as emergency placements, but can continue and become long-term placements.

Long term

Long-term placements continue until the foster child is 18 years old. Sometimes they are agreed after a short-term placement has gone well and the carer and child wish the placement to continue. On other occasions these are matched through a more formal process, similar to adoption, at a matching panel provided by the Local Authority.

Parent & Child

This is a placement that can last from three to six months where there are concerns about a parent’s ability to care for their newborn baby. It could be the mother or father and they can be any age with varying difficulties that may impact on their ability to parent. The foster carer supports the parent, helping them to learn and develop skills while assessing their ability to keep their baby safe.

Emergency

Emergency placements last for three days. Normally these happen out of normal working hours. The child stays with you while it’s decided whether they can return home or need a short-term carer.

Disability

This can be a short or long term placement where a child has a learning or physical disability. These children need a carer who has specific skills and abilities to meet their individual needs.

Respite

Respite care lasts for anything between a few days to a maximum of four weeks per year. It usually takes place on weekends or during school holidays in order to support an existing foster carer or family member.

“We learnt how our own life experiences, both joyful and painful, can bring real strengths as a prospective foster carer. The assessment process helped us all reflect on our journeys as individuals and as a family. It also helped us learn how our own struggles in life can actually assist our ability to connect and understand that of a future foster child.”

Lika Foster Carer

Statement of Purpose

The Care Standards Act 2000 requires all Fostering Service Providers to produce a Statement of Purpose which states the range of services the agency provides. It aims to provide information about the agency and the services we provide to foster carers, children, young people, parents and other professionals. You can download a copy of the LiKa Fostering Statement of Purpose using the link below.

lika statement of purpose
lika statement of purpose

Statement of Purpose

The Care Standards Act 2000 requires all Fostering Service Providers to produce a Statement of Purpose which states the range of services the agency provides. It aims to provide information about the agency and the services we provide to foster carers, children, young people, parents and other professionals. You can download a copy of the LiKa Fostering Statement of Purpose using the link below.

We’re here to support you

To make sure our carers can reach their full potential and feel supported and confident we offer specialist support and supervision. Our expert therapists, trainers and social care practitioners are on hand 24/7 to help you whenever you need.

  • 24/7 duty support line
  • Monthly 1-to-1 supervision with your dedicated social worker
  • Monthly group supervision with other foster carers and therapists
  • Monthly training days specific to skills you need to develop
  • Specialist training using actors to role play scenarios and enhance skills
  • Online training that you can do from home
  • A library of helpful resources, including guides and handbooks
  • Support and training for your children
  • Fun days out with other foster carers, children and LiKa staff
  • WhatsApp groups to stay connected with your support team and our foster carer network
  • A support worker when needed
  • Support dealing with the young person’s family and professional help so you do not feel alone
  • Regular feedback which we act on immediately

Why foster care?
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No such thing as a silly question!

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