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Parent and Child Fostering

About Parent and Child Fostering

Parent and child fostering, also known as parent and baby fostering, is a specialist type of fostering where a parent and their child come to stay with you at a time when they need additional support.

The parent or parents can be of either gender and their ages can range from adolescence to adulthood. While this type of placement is usually for a family with a younger child or children, this is not always the case.

Parent and child fostering gives you the opportunity to offer support to a new parent when they need it most. Your guidance will help them to raise a happy and healthy child, giving the parent and child the best possible chance of staying together in the long-term.

Working With Families in Foster Care

As a Parent and Child Foster Carer, you will provide support to families who are experiencing difficulties with parenting whilst they are assessed and/or supported to try and resolve these difficulties. The aim is to ensure the child has the best chance of remaining with their family.

At times, the outcome can be that a child cannot remain with their birth family. Where this is the case, the Foster Carers will be involved in helping the parent or parents and child to manage the outcomes of this decision.

Remember, Five Rivers offers specialist training and 24/7 support to ensure you are fully equipped to support a parent and child within your home.

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Parent and Child Fostering Allowance

In recognition of the specialised nature of parent and child fostering, Foster Carers receive an elevated allowance starting at £906.36 per week. In some cases, Foster Carers will look after more than one parent, or more than one child. In this case, this additional responsibility will be reflected in the allowance. In addition to this, income from parent and child fostering is supplemented by government tax relief schemes.

Visit our pay and allowances page for further information.

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Is Parent and Child Fostering for You?

Think parent and child fostering could be for you? Five Rivers Foster Carer Lesley has shared her story looking after new parents and their children to help you learn more about what it might be like. Read her story here.

Making the decision to become a Parent and Child Foster Carer can feel like a big commitment. We can help you make the decision by giving you all the information you need.

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