Could you foster a disabled child?
At Fostering People, we’ve been changing lives since 2000. Over that time we have cared for many disabled children with many different needs.
If you have patience, understanding, a good sense of humour, can be extra vigilant with safety, be open-minded, good at communicating, able to advocate and to learn and be committed to meeting disabled children’s needs, then you have the skills we are looking for.
As a carer for disabled children you will be offering specialist care to children who may have autism, learning difficulties, physical disabilities or medical conditions.
Finding a great foster family that meets the needs of a child can be difficult, but for a disabled child the challenge is often greater. At Fostering People you do not need to choose between fostering children with or without a disability, but be open to considering any child according to your own skills and experience.
Becoming a foster carer for disabled children can seem quite daunting, but don’t worry here at Fostering People you would be supported by a specialist disability social worker who has significant experience of working with disabled children. We will provide training, advice and specialist support groups, to ensure that every disabled child is able to achieve to their fullest potential.
As one of our foster carers said when considering caring for a disabled child “Do not underestimate yourself. Be willing to give disabled children a chance – you will learn a lot from it and will reap the rewards!” Foster Carer
There is a growing need for foster carers to look after disabled children and young people and extending our disability services is because of the increasing demand that local authorities across the UK face in finding appropriate, safe foster placements for disabled children
Here at Fostering People we offer a range of placements to disabled children and these include
- Long term fostering placements
- Short term fostering placements
- Respite fostering placements
- Short break schemes
- Support to disabled young people through transition to adulthood
Disability fostering changes lives. Read just one example of how fostering enabled a two year old boy to leave hospital for the first time in his life.
Do you have a disability yourself and want to become a foster carer?
Julia and Mark were approved as foster carers in December 2003. Their fostering journey began with Daniel; to say they opened their hearts to Daniel is an understatement. Daniel is diagnosed with a life limiting disability and requires high levels of care and close supervision at all times. As a young family at the time...Read more
Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in...Read more