Published: 05:00, 26 May 2020
| Updated: 13:57, 26 May 2020
Fostering with Medway Council, following successful completion of assessments, will give you a new lifestyle opportunity with fresh challenges, training that leads to qualifications, stay-at-home, flexible working freedom, with an income.
Medway Council Fostering is seeking Medway-based foster carer’s to work with us, as part of Medway Council Children’s Services.
If you have a spare room and can offer a child a secure and nurturing home environment, then consider fostering with us.
What is fostering?
Fostering comes with new life challenges, but is more rewarding than you can imagine. Building a child’s trust through the means of providing stability and security within a loving home environment are the foundations to fostering.
Celebrating a child’s achievements, however small. Being inclusive of a child’s birth family and heritage enables a child to form a positive sense of their self; this then creates an ability for a child to see themselves in a positive way, to believe that they can achieve good things and are worthy of achieving these.
Our foster carers are skilled at enabling children in their care to feel accepted and to not be defined by their history. These skills, when applied in a non-judgemental way, can lead to a child or young person excelling in foster care, to being part of a foster family and gives children a chance to rebuild their lives.
Why do babies, children and young people enter the foster care system?
There are multiple reasons leading to babies, children and young people entering the foster care system. In the majority of cases, children have likely suffered trauma, violence, abuse, or may have come from a family breakdown, neglect or family illness.
Medway Council’s Foster Carers and children are regarded as unique cases that require a tailored approach, which is why we have interdisciplinary teams that are available for our foster carers to call upon. Through specialist training courses, our foster carers are taught personable skills on how to engage with children more effectively, especially at difficult times, and how to build on trust and the relationship.
Who can foster?
You can foster regardless of your age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and religion. You can also foster if you have pets, a disability, have children living at home, are a homeowner, or a private or social housing tenant.
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Your individual circumstances relating to the above will also be considered upon initial screening.
What is a foster carer?
It's who you are that matters! Often, potential foster carers worry about whether or not they are the sort of people we are looking for, but there really is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ foster carer.
A foster carer commits the time and energy to children that are in their care and are required to have regard for the particular demands on a child separated from their family. Before being approved to foster, Medway Council Fostering ensures that all foster carers receive training.
To succeed at being a Foster Carer, Medway Council Fostering will equip you with the tools, skills and ongoing developmental training to help meet the needs of any child in your care.
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Medway Council Fostering priority groups
Medway Council Foster Carers are generally approved for children aged 0 to 18, any ethnicity and any gender.A foster carer’s experience and current life situation will be taken into account when matching a child/young person to their family.
Occasionally, specialist foster care is required such as for a parent and child placement or for a child with special needs. A foster carer’s level of experience will be taken into account before these placements are made.
Medway Council Fostering are keen to hear from people who are able to care for children in one of our priority groups, as these children and young people are in urgent need of homes.
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What are the types of fostering programmes that Medway Council offers?
Medway Council Fostering offers the following types of fostering programmes that can be discussed as to what would best suit you, your circumstances and your skills set.
What is Medway Council’s Fostering process?
During your application assessment you will have the opportunity to discuss with your assessor what type of fostering you would like to undertake. Some foster carers are approved only for respite and emergency care, others are approved for short term, some are approved for long term and permanency.
Most foster carers are approved for any length of time but can cite a preference dependant on what fits in with their current lifestyle and situation.
Why foster with Medway Council?
To ensure that our foster carers are fully equipped to protect, support and are connected in their vital role in transforming children and young people’s lives, at Medway Council Fostering services, we pride ourselves on what we offer our carers.
Fostering is not without its challenges, but with the right support, community, training and attitude, you could make a difference to a child’s life. Medway Council’s Fostering Team can equip you with the skills and guidance to help you succeed as a new Foster Carer.
To find out more about fostering with Medway Council, you can give the team a call on 01634 335726 or fill out our fostering enquiry formand someone from the team will be in touch for an informal chat at a time that suits you.
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