Parent and Child Fostering
When most people think of fostering, they think of a baby being taken into care. There are many types of fostering placements. Parent and child fostering is specialist foster placement that used to be called mother and baby fostering. Parent and child fostering is more accurate. It is not always a mother and a baby placement. Young parents might be placed in care before the birth of their child or a father and baby or a mother and children. The parent might be an adult.
The choice about whom to take into care is made by local authorities. There is a difference between fostering agencies and local authorities. Local authorities may provide their own fostering care. It has become more common for them to outsource foster care to independent fostering agencies such as Capstone Foster Care. Independent agencies are in the business of recruiting and training foster carers to provide loving homes. Specialist placements require specialist training.
Specialist arrangements for parent and child are not long term foster placements. It might involve assessing the mother’s and/or father’s ability to be a parent. The assessment can last up to 12 weeks. It could be a pre-birth placement which prepares the young parents for the birth of the baby. It could involve teaching parenting skills. Parent and child fostering is an alternative to residential care or placing children and young people in long or short term foster care.
Foster carers are in the role of supporting and assessing parental ability to care for the child, providing advice, and teaching parenting skills. They work with social workers who help with the parenting assessment and the transition of the parents and young children into life in the community. The parent should be the child’s key attachment figure. The assessment and training process measures the parents’ ability to provide a healthy environment for the child.
This is an emotional relationship because the results determine whether the young parent can care for the child in the community or whether the child is placed into long-term foster care or adopted.
Parent and child placements involve a supervising social worker, community care representatives, children and family services, and an entire support network for social care.
Do You Want to Become a Foster Carer?
If you have room in your home and want more information about our parent and child needs, child foster placements, what children need foster homes, and our application and assessment process, contact Capstone Foster Care on 0800 012 4004 or simply click here.