About fostering

What is fostering?

As of March 2019 there were 78,020 looked after children in the UK – a large percentage of them are over the age of 12. Over 2000 of these looked after children are from the North London Consortium boroughs.

There are many reasons why a child may be fostered including: an illness in the family; abuse or neglect, or a breakdown in family relations. They may also have arrived unaccompanied from abroad.

We are recruiting foster carers for children and young people of all ages up to 18. If you are interested in fostering a child over the age of two, you need to have a spare bedroom in your home.

Types of fostering

Short-term placement:

This is when foster carers look after a child for short periods that can range from 2 weeks to 2 years. These placements usually occur whilst the local authority is working with the birth family to help a child return home, or identify a long term placement for the child.

Long-term placement:

If a child or young person is unable to return to their birth family, a long term placement is put in place with a foster carer to look after the child until they are 18 years old.

Parent and Child Fostering:

Parent and Child foster carers have a parent and child/children living with them in their home, generally for a structured 12 week period. These carers support and assess vulnerable parents and help them learn how to look after their child safely. You can find out more and see a short information video about the scheme here

We also have schemes such as specialist teenage fostering and supported lodgings

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