Fostering – Parent and Child Fostering
Could you be a Parent and Child foster carer?
Parent and Child fostering allows you to make a real difference to parents and their children and keep families together. We are looking for people across Cumbria to care for both a parent and their child together. A vulnerable parent stays with a foster carer at a time when they need extra support and would otherwise be separated from their baby. This usually means opening your home to support a young mum and her new baby, for around 6 months. More and more, Parent and Child care is being sought for parents at risk of having children removed from their care. This may be because the young parent has not experienced positive parenting themselves, so has not learnt how to parent; it may be that the parent has additional needs that mean they need extra support. Or it could be that the parent has previously had a child removed from their care, and now their circumstances have changed, so it could be possible for their new baby to remain in their care for example. By caring for a parent and their child, the aim is that you will use skills you have acquired as a parent or carer yourself, to model positive parenting and give the family the best possible chances of staying together and flourishing. You’ll help to model skills such as feeding, bathing and safe sleep. You’ll empower the parent to make positive life choices, plans for the future and develop healthy routines. You’ll provide support when they are overwhelmed, and get them back on the right track if they need it. You’ll help them to understand developmental milestones and the baby’s needs. This really is an incredible opportunity for anyone with an interest in child development, and could be particularly interesting for people who are (or have been) midwives, teachers, youth workers, child care workers, social workers or care assistants. You’ll receive exceptional training, support and a weekly allowance of £700.