Become a Foster Parent
We need more foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to children, sibling groups, teenagers or new Mums with their babies.
We care passionately about matching young people with the right foster parent and need a diverse range of families. No matter what your age, gender, relationship status, sexual orientation, race or religion, as long as you care about offering a nurturing and happy home and want to make a real difference to young people’s lives and prospects, we would love to hear from you.
What is fostering?
Fostering is a term used to describe looking after someone else’s child in a family home when they cannot live with their birth family – that may be a few days, weeks, months or until they are 18 or more. But being a foster parent involves so much more, fostering is a way of providing a stable family life and making children and young people feel loved, included and valued. .
Foster parents play an important role in the team of professionals, including social workers, working with the child to make sure that they get the care and support which they need. From attending school and health appointments, to taking part in extracurricular activities, foster parents look after the children in their care on a daily basis.
Fostering is different from adoption because the Local Authority remains responsible for them. In many cases, it is important to maintain links with the child’s birth family through regular contact meetings. Xcel have a contact suite at our Sittingbourne office where many local contact sessions can take place.
What are the types of fostering?
Foster parents can provide care in emergencies, caring for a child who has been removed form an unsafe situation, until a more permanent home can be found for them, perhaps with relatives, back with a parent or with another foster family.
Foster parents can provide “respite” care, caring for children for a weekend, week or two. This often fits well for teachers and other professionals who wish to continue working but have spare time in the holidays to foster children.
More often, foster care is needed for longer periods, perhaps until birth families have been able to resolve the issue which bought the child into care. Often, despite best efforts, that is not possible and children become long term or permanently placed with their foster families, remaining with them until they leave education or beyond.
Parent and Child fostering is a specific type of fostering where specially trained foster parents support mum, dad, or both, who may not be coping well, teaching them how to safely and positively care for their baby within a family home environment. This would usually only be for a couple of months rather than long term.
Will I receive support?
Whether its overnight of for a number of years, mother and baby or teenagers, foster parents can provide the support, stability and care needed. We pride ourselves on providing initial and ongoing training as well as support for our foster parents, available 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. You will never be expected to face a challenging situation alone.
Generous weekly allowances are provided to foster parents to make sure that they are able to live comfortably, pay their bills and provide the children in their care with a life full of opportunities.
Visit www.xcel2000.com or call 0845 094 5651 for more information.