Parent and Child Fostering in East London Parent and child fostering is a specialist placement and requires specialist training. The focus is on assessing the person’s ability to care for their baby. The assessment may last up to 12 weeks and it comes in a variety of forms. A pre-birth placement prepares the mother (and/or father) for the baby’s birth. A post-birth placement may involve teaching parenting skills to someone who knows very little about caring for a newborn, or someone who has not succeeded in caring for a toddler simply because they had no background in what they need to do to provide a safe and healthy environment. Welcome Foster Care specialise in parent and child fostering in East London.

A parent and child placement is an alternative to residential care or removing children from their parents. Your job is to support the mother or father while assessing their ability to function as parents in the community, provide advice, and teach them the basics of childcare. The parent must be the child’s key attachment figure.

You are not always working with a teenager or a mother. Sometimes, it is a father and sometimes it is both mother and father who need to be assessed together with the baby. They might be adults, not teenagers.

One of the special requirements is your ability to step back while also being vigilant. Your role is two-fold. You have to protect the baby but you also must train the parents in how to best look after their little one and teach them the practical skills of childcare without doing it all for them.

You need to help and guide them on how to handle parental responsibilities. This special type of fostering gives the young mother or father reassurance and advice in the essential task of parenting while also ensuring that the little one is in a safe, nurturing, and secure environment.

You observe the dynamics between the mother and baby or the father and toddler and assess their ability to continue to look after their little ones on their own. Don’t worry. You are not alone in this awesome job. You are part of a team that includes a social worker, community care representatives, children and family services, and an entire support network. You receive training and support throughout the entire journey.

This can be an emotional task for you because the outcome of the assessment determines whether the parents can handle family life on their own or the situation calls for placement into long term care or adoption.

Guiding a person in learning how to look after their babies and young children goes a very long way toward creating a positive outcome for both. If you want to become part of the process and are interested in a career where you can provide valuable support to a family that is just starting out, please contact us.

Do you have a spare bedroom? That is the first question you need to answer as everyone needs to have the dignity of their own personal space. Ideally, you also have experience in caring for babies and good team working skills.

Welcome Foster Care is an independent fostering agency that works closely with local authorities. We are actively looking for foster carers who willing and able to take on the rewarding job of helping people develop parental abilities.

Contact us today to start your new career in fostering.


fostering-black-children-east-londonWelcome Foster Care is an independent fostering agency that works with local authorities across London and Essex. There is a shortage of foster carers in general and in areas such as East London, where there is a mosaic of ethnicities, cultures and religions, there is a specific need for people who able to assume the rewarding job of fostering. Across the UK, there are more and more children and young people of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origin needing homes.

In a perfect world, we would be able to place vulnerable young ones from an ethnic minority coming into care with families of the same, or similar, ethnic backgrounds. If there is a shortage of foster carers in general, there is an even bigger shortage of carers for specific ethnicities. At the moment, there are many children from black families who need you to come forward and help them.

The more ethnically and culturally similar placement families are to the foster child, the better it is for the child who is then able to continue living in the culture, religion, and language of his or her heritage. Children need to have a strong sense of security and being placed with a family that is able to understand the pressures of racism and discrimination as well as the birth parents’ difficulties can provide an extra layer of protection for kids whose lives have been disrupted.

You don’t have to have special qualifications. Your age and relationship status are not factors. You can be single or married, gay or straight, male or female. What you must have is at least one spare bedroom in your home, the right to live in the UK permanently, and sufficient time to focus on meeting the needs of a child in care. You need to be in good health and you need to be patient and compassionate. During the application process, you will undergo a DBS check and a health check.

You can make a massive difference in the lives of vulnerable children with complex needs by offering them safety, security, and caring in an environment where their journey toward a positive outcome in life will be enhanced.

Their lives have been disrupted by the experience that caused them to be removed from their home and family. Being able to continue their life’s journey in a culture with which they are familiar will help minimise the trauma. These children are having enough trouble coping with losing their home and environment without losing their heritage.

To find out more about becoming a carer, what is required of you, and the education, training, and services we provide, contact us. We can discuss the application process. There are home visits and meetings with your social worker, health and police checks, and when you are approved as a carer, our support will continue. You become part of our team and our social workers are available to work with you 24/7. Welcome Foster Care provides ongoing training and generous allowances. Contact us now to start your new career as a foster carer.