Essentials for Prospective Foster Parents

What every prospective foster parent needs to know!

At Kindercare NI we maintain that knowing and understanding the child or young person who has been placed in your care is the most essential and important part of the fostering process and it begins before the placement even starts.

Fostering relationships are like any other kind of relationship, they depend on trust, openness and the foster placement knowing that you are on their side. This is why at Kindercare NI we make sure you know the background, circumstances and needs of the children and young people who will be placed with you.

All foster children have faced major challenges in their lives and come to foster care with specific and often complex problems. Some prospective foster carers can feel anxious or worried that the problems the foster child faces or their behaviour might be overwhelming.

At Kindercare NI, we have seen in some cases, a child or young person in foster care exhibiting very extreme defiant or anti social behaviour but this is by no means all cases.

We are careful to match the child with the right foster parents with the skills and outlook to cater for their needs and we make sure that the carer knows everything about the child before the placement begins.

Prospective carers also need to know about the support that is available to them before the placement starts.

Kindercare NI offers constant support and mentoring from our staff and from experienced fostering mentors (foster carers who have successfully completed many placements). This means that as a new foster carer, you are not stranded or alone to deal with whatever challenges might arise.

This security frees our carers up to do what they do best, care. It enables them to put their energies, commitment, emotional strength and love into a fostering relationship.

This gives the foster placement the stability and security they require.

If you are considering becoming a foster parent and would like to work with Kindercare NI, an organisation that values experience, insight and mentoring its carers, simply contact us on 028 9094 1690

Foster Care or Adoption: Which is Right for You?

At Kindercare NI we often see that for many people who might not have explored foster parenting before, the distinctions between fostering and adoption might not be clear.

If you are considering either fostering or adoption and are not sure which might be right for you or your family, the team at Kindercare NI have written this article as a short guide to the differences between the two.

If you adopt a child you are recognised as their parent in the eyes of the law.

A foster carer is recognised as the legal guardian of the child for as long as the placement continues, but they do not have the same legal status as a parent.

Fostering is often a short-term arrangement or if it is on-going care it will ultimately end when the young person reaches adulthood.

Because adoption is a different process to foster caring, it suits people who often have different needs. If you are considering either fostering or adoption it is important to explore your own motivations and hopes.

If you see your future roll with a child as that of being a parent, adoption might be a more suitable choice. If you would prefer to act as a carer to one or possibly a couple of children (depending on your capacity to house them), fostering might be appropriate.

If you chose fostering, Kindercare NI offers on-going support, training and mentoring for every fostering placement you take on.

In addition to this there is a generous allowance per child per week, which covers the entire cost of housing, feeding, clothing a foster child and gives the carer an income.

At Kindercare NI, we believe that both adoption and fostering are valuable and essential in their own right and give children who need it the most real security and stability in their lives. It is important, however, that carers choose for themselves based on their own needs how they want to make a difference to young people’s lives.

If you are considering becoming a foster parent and would like to work with Kindercare NI, an organisation that values experience, insight and mentoring its carers, simply contact us on 028 9094 1690