Children and young people may find themselves in care for various different reasons. It may be that their parent is suffering from a short-term illness or there may be a temporary situation within the family that has resulted in them needing care.
There are times when children are unable to live with their family and it is safer for the child to be placed into foster care whilst the local authority liaises with the family to find a solution. Fostering offers the child or young person a safe place to stay whilst the situation at home is being resolved. They are able to continue with their life with some sort of stability and normality to ensure there is no negative impact on their future.
Children and young people in these types of situations are placed into foster care on a short-term basis and may return to the family home once everything has been resolved and it is safe for them to do so. However, a child can be placed into foster care on a short-term basis, but it can change into a long-term foster placement if it is safer for the child to remain with the foster carer.
At Excel Fostering, we provide our carers with plenty of training and support sessions to enable them to care for children and young people who may find themselves in difficult situations.
As of the March 2019, there were 56,160 children who were living with foster families - this is 72 per cent of the 78,150 children in care looked after away from home (Department for Education, 2018). There are around 44,450 foster families in England and every year thousands of new foster families are needed in England.
If you think you could help those children and young people who desperately need loving homes, please get in touch today. You are one step away from making a difference to so many young people’s lives.