About Fostering

NRS Foster Care Recruitment
Fostering means looking after a child or young person when they can’t live with their own family and this can be for various reasons or amount of time. It is often an emotional and challenging time for the child or young person so your personal attributes and qualities will help them feel safe and supported during this difficult time in their lives.

There are several different types of fostering, from Emergency Care, Weekend Respite, Short Term Fostering and Long Term Fostering.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are many qualities required of a good foster carer; listening skills, optimism, confidence, patience, stability, team player, observational skills, energy, communication skills and a sense of humour.

If you think you have the qualities needed for a career in fostering then please complete our contact form. We will then contact you with further information and answer any questions that you may have. You may also like to attend one of our information mornings to provide you with more detail about the life skills that you will need to support a young person.


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    RESPITE FOSTERING

    This type of foster care provides short breaks (e.g. weekends or school holidays) primarily for children with disabilities. The child is cared for by the same foster carer so that the child’s family can have a much needed rest. Respite fostering is also provided for carers providing the Multidemensional Treatment Foster Care programme (MTFC)
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    SHORT TERM/EMERGENCY CARE

    These foster carers take children into their homes on either a planned or an emergency basis, until they can be returned to their family or moved on to a permanent foster placement or adoption. Children who need this type of care can be any age from babies to teenagers.
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    LONG-TERM OR PERMANENT FOSTERING

    Some children and young people need a long-term foster carer when all attempts to return them home have not worked. Long-term foster care provides planned placements for children and young people for a number of years until they reach 18 or beyond. This allows a child to feel secure in the knowledge that they can grow up in a safe and supported family environment whilst remaining in contact with their birth family.
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    MULTIDIMENSIONAL FOSTER CARE

    This is a specialist programme aimed at adolescents and children aged 11-18 years of age and provides a total wrap around service for the young person and the foster household to ensure both are supported fully.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR FOSTER CARERS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BIRTH TO 18 YEARS.

WE NEED FOSTER CARERS FROM EVERY COMMUNITY AND EVERY TYPE OF BACKGROUND.

What is important is that you have the time and space in your life for a child who may be challenging to parent. You will need to show that you have the skills to care for children and the understanding to meet their needs.

Carers must be willing to undergo a period of intensive assessment and be committed to on-going training.

It is unlikely that you will be considered as a foster carer at the present time if:

  • You do not have a space in your home ie: a separate bedroom for the young person.
  • You are pregnant, have a child under one year old or are undergoing fertility treatment.
  • You are experiencing serious financial problems.
  • You are planning to move house within the next six months.
  • Your working hours are not flexible enough to meet the demands of fostering e.g. attending meetings at short notice.
  • You have a child of your own being looked after by a local authority.
  • You have experienced a significant life event within the last 12 months such as a separation or bereavement.
  • As a couple you have been in your present relationship for less than one year.
  • You or any member of your household has a serious criminal conviction.