Fostering is a way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.
It is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or to help children or young people through a difficult time in their lives.
With over 63,000 children living with 52,500 foster carers in the UK, many people have a link to fostering.
Family members, friends, neighbours or colleagues may foster, have been fostered or work to support children and young people in foster care.
In Oxfordshire we have seen the number children in care increase to over 500, we currently have around 300 fostering families.
This Foster Care Fortnight we are inviting everyone to ‘make a connection’ to fostering and get more people to consider if they could foster too.
There is no age limit to foster
To foster you have to be over 18, we have foster carers who are still fostering in their 70’s
Single? Not a problem
Children need stable loving homes by single parents and couples, whatever their gender or sexual orientation
Disabilities or not, you can still foster
Health problems and disabilities will not stop you from fostering, provided you can care for the children
No ethnic matching
There are children from many different backgrounds needing to be fostered, what is important is that you can meet the needs of the child
What help is there? Specialist training & support is given, carers receive an allowance and in some instances additional fees.
Teenagers | 50 per cent of children in care in Oxfordshire are 12 years and over
Sibling groups | We aim to place together rather than apart • Babies and toddlers –need to be placed with foster carers who are at home full time
Short Breaks | Offering help and support to a family and their disabled child
Children with specialist fostering needs | Our most vulnerable children and are part of our specialist fostering schemes
Come and meet the team
4 June 6:30-8:00pm: Abingdon Health & Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3GD
10 June 6:30-8:00pm: County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND
11 June 12-2:30pm: Witney Hub, Witan Way, Witney, OX28 4YA
We will be on hand to answer questions and look forward to meeting you there.
Find out more here
Related Articles: Oxfordshire County Council: Fostering and Adoption