Also known as parent and child fostering, fostering young mothers and babies is a common type of foster care. As a carer for a mother and baby fostering placement, you’d be able to facilitate keeping a family together through a difficult time. The demand for parent and child foster carers is always high as this is a specialist type of fostering, which can be particularly appealing for those who want to foster a baby while supporting the infant’s mother simultaneously.
Mother and baby fostering, or parent and child fostering, refers to a fostering placement where the mother or father, or in some cases, both parents, are placed into foster care alongside their baby, child or children. This is often due to a young mother or parent being in a difficult situation, and not being able to care for herself and her child effectively. In a lot of cases, the mother who has had the baby is still young herself – and potentially still in the foster care system.
In other cases, the mother or parent is older, but may not be ready for the responsibility. They may be in a position where they don’t have a lot of family support and guidance around them, and instead of having to give the baby away, they can turn to parent and child fostering.
One of the main benefits of mother and baby fostering placements is the ability to help prepare a young parent for parenthood, whilst also being able to care for an infant. Fostering babies is a popular fostering choice for carers, as generally, babies will have not been able to develop many developmental, social or emotional problems that are often common in older foster children subjected to trauma, abuse or neglect.
Yet, when fostering young mothers and babies, you can successfully teach the parent how to financially care for their child, the material and emotional needs that their baby will require, and pass on helpful parenting tips and tricks to prepare them for returning to normality with their baby.
Regarding the financial responsibilities that come with babies, it’s likely that an allowance may be given to the parent to care for her child independently. This mother and baby fostering allowance aids the parents in care to learn the basics of being able to handle money effectively, providing them with a taste of independence and assessing how well they take care of the finances. Note, this does not come out of the fostering allowance that the foster carer will receive for taking care of the mother and baby. Learn more about how much foster parents get paid today.
If you’re interested in mother and baby foster placements, or want to find out more information about the parent and child fostering allowance, get in touch with a member of our helpful team today at Excel Fostering.
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