Fostering disabled children
Caring for a child with disabilities can be very rewarding. It can give them the opportunity to receive the support they need, enjoy new activities, gain new experiences, as well as the chance to get to know new people.
As a foster parent for disabled children, you could be taking care of a child or young person with a range of medical conditions. This may be developmental disabilities like autism, physical disabilities which limit a child’s mobility, learning or sensory disabilities.
Support and training
When you become a foster parent with FCA, you’ll feel part of a large and supportive team that includes social workers, therapists and childcare experts – all there to support you and the children and young people you look after. It’s a partnership, with the children right at the very centre.
We’ll provide you with all the support and training you’d expect from a large and long-established foster care specialist, to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to look after the children and young people in your care.
We’re there for you every step of the way, whenever you need it, responding to your needs with support, training and all the resources a foster parent needs when fostering children.
Things to consider
There are several things to think about when becoming a foster carer for children with complex or additional needs. With disability foster care you need to consider if you have the time to commit to offer the level of care a child or young person needs. You also need to think about the requirements that a disabled child or young person could place on your family.
Although, at times, it can be challenging, your care and support will have a positive impact on some of the most vulnerable children and young people, enabling they have the chance for a fulfilled and happy life.
During the fostering process, our team will talk to you about your preferences and capability to foster a child or young person with disabilities or learning difficulties. We ensure we match children with disabilities to foster parents who have the skills required to meet the child’s needs.
We know our foster parents need care sometimes too. So we offer short break fostering for disabled children and young people, to give their fostering families or birth parents an opportunity for some rest and time out. This type of fostering can range from a few hours to a whole weekend and can be a one-off, or a regular arrangement.
If you think you could help to care for a disabled child or young person, please get in touch with us.
Benefits of working with FCA
24/7 advice service
Excellent ongoing training
Access to your local fostering team
Local support groups
Local social activities and events