Parent and child fostering involves the mother or father, who is experiencing difficulties, and their baby or young child being placed together in foster care.
A parent and child placement, also known as mother and baby foster placements, is a specialist type of fostering where a parent and their own child, often a young mother and baby, come to stay in your home to have extra support and guidance.
There are many reasons for a parent and child placement but most often, the primary benefit of parent and child fostering is to support the parent. It may be that a new Mum is having difficulties looking after their new baby, and they may not have experienced great parenting themselves, or may have been in care themselves. This leads to them needing an experienced parental figure to help them become a better parent. In other cases, the parent may have a learning difficulty or mental health challenges that cause them to have difficulties becoming a parent.
Here at Capstone, we equip you with the support and tools that you need to foster a parent(s) and child with a view to keep the family together. We help you become the best foster carer you can be.
During the parent and child’s stay with the foster family, an assessment will occur over the course of a three month period in the foster family’s home. As a mother and baby foster carer, you will be specifically trained to facilitate this type of assessment, as well as having extensive skills in Observation and Recording.
In terms of timescale for the assessment, there will be regular reviews every two weeks on the parent and child’s relationship and development, which will be chaired by us here at Capstone. However, at the 6-8 week point, an interim report will be provided detailing how well the parent is performing in the assessment. Within two weeks after the 12 week mark, a final report will be compiled with clear recommendations.
Learn more about the parent and child assessments process from our detailed guide.
As a mother and baby foster carer, you foster home will provide a safe and secure environment in which new parent(s) can feel secure and motivated to work towards a positive outcome. You will build a positive working relationship that allows for a realistic assessment through working openly and honestly, while the parent(s) will be able to build on positive aspects of their parenting that will enable them to gain confidence. You will inform the parent(s) daily about what has being recorded reading and signing your detailed recordings.
The parent and child placement also provides:
Thinking of fostering a parent and child? Or perhaps you want to understand more about what mother and baby fostering would entail? Contact Capstone Foster Care for more information on parent and child placements now.
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