What is fostering?
Fostering is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot, for whatever reason, live with their own parents.
It is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.
Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and that it is clear that their parents are able to look after them safely.
Others may stay in long-term foster care, some may be adopted, and others will move on to live independently. The different types of fostering are explored in more depth in our section on different types of fostering.
If you would like to know more you can simply download a brochure or read on further.
What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Fostering is a way of providing family life for someone else’s child, when they are unable to live in their birth family. The expectation is that most will hopefully return home to their families.
In the vast majority of cases children in foster care will have regular contact with their families and their parents will continue to have responsibilities towards them throughout the time they are in foster care.
Adoption is a legal process, with a court permanently transferring all parental rights and responsibilities for the child to their new family.
Unlike adoption, a fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents.
What is the role of the foster carer?
The role of the foster carer is to provide a safe and secure home to a child or young person.
Foster care in Shropshire focuses on the needs of each child and offers support to whole families. It can be challenging and stressful – a child may have suffered recent abuse and neglect or been caught at the centre of a family crisis. But fostering can also be enormously rewarding and a lot of fun too. Foster carers touch the lives of each and every child they welcome into their home, whether it’s for a matter of days or a matter of years.
By committing their time and their love, carers give children – and often whole families – the time and the space to rebuild their lives.
Aims and objectives of fostering
Find out what our fostering service wants to achieve from our foster carers in our fostering statement of purpose.