All young people should have a secure family home. So that’s why we developed a step-down programme, which helps young people move from a residential unit to a stable and supportive foster home.
There are lots of reasons why children may find themselves in residential care; sometimes it’s simply because there are no foster placements available at the time when they need it. Their lives can often be drastically improved by living with a foster family.
Our step-down programme helps children make the transition back into a family, with lots of support for both them and you along the way.
What step-down fostering involves
There are four stages to step-down fostering to give you both chance to adjust and get the training and help you need.
- Matching and planning – making the right match between a foster carer and child is incredibly important. After careful matching, you’ll have the opportunity to attend planning meetings to discuss your placement and any questions you may have.
- Settlement – a 12-week settlement period to help the young person settle-in. During this time, you’ll receive around 20 hours of support each week from social workers, therapists and education officers. You’ll also attend fortnightly Team Parenting meetings.
- Stabilisation – a second 12 week period where you’ll continue to receive 20 hours of weekly support. As the young person starts making progress, Team Parenting meetings will start to happen every 3-4 weeks.
- Maintenance – the final stage of the programme lasts up to 28 weeks, depending on the needs of the young person. By now they should be well settled and making significant progress.
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To find out more about step-down foster care, please get in touch.