Our Support Plus Fostering scheme is a more intensive placement option for young people with complex or traumatic histories that have resulted in them displaying a range of difficulties. These may include poor attachments, multiple placements breakdowns, difficulties at school or more challenging behaviours. Such children may require a higher degree of support and guidance from a skilled carer.
Some of our Support Plus carers have previous related professional experience in child carer or working in social care. While these are helpful experiences to draw upon, they are not a requirement to foster more challenging children. The most important thing is that these children know they will be cared for by a committed, consistent, caring and mature carer who will work together with a broader team of professionals.
We equip carers for Support Plus Fostering by offering appropriate training, additional therapeutic support and guidance and an enhanced fee.
2. Parent and Child Fostering
Parent and Children placements are required by young parents who need support and supervision in looking after their babies and developing life skills, and whose parenting skills need to be assessed. Supervising a new parent can be very demanding but is also very rewarding.
A parent and child placement is needed when social services believes the parent is not yet capable of safely looking after their newborn or early infant. In such instances, the parent and child will be placed together with one of our foster carers who can help show the parent how to safely care for their child.
As a Parent and Child foster carer, you will be asked to not only assess the parent’s ability to look after their child, but also to work with them to develop their parenting skills such as age-appropriate physical care, healthy eating, play and stimulation and to establish daily routines for their young child.
Carers who offer Parent and Child placements, will benefit from appropriate training, additional support and guidance and enhanced fee.
3. Respite Fostering
Respite fostering is looking after a child for short periods to offer their foster carers or parents a break.
We recognise that the demands of full time fostering and parenting, especially of children with challenging behaviours or complex needs, can be exhausting and carers occasionally need time to recharge. A respite foster carer will take a child out to activities during the day or have them sleep over for a night or weekend, then return them to their carers.
At Ascent Fostering, we offer all our foster carers 3 weeks respite a year and are looking for respite carers who will work alongside foster carers to offer them this practical support.
4. Long-Term Fostering
Our Long-term foster carers make a commitment to offer a home to children until they are 18 years old, or if they are still in education, until 21 years. Long-term placements are usually determined during care proceedings when court has decided that it is not in the child’s interest to return to their own family because of abuse or neglect they have suffered or are likely to suffer if they were returned. The Long-term foster carer is expected to work with the local authority who continues to hold parental responsibility for the child or young person. This fostering arrangement offers a greater sense of stability and belonging to a child or young person in need of a permanent home until they reach independence.