Child in Continuning care with foster carer

Continuing care

Even though the fundamentals remain much the same as fostering, continuing care is legally different to fostering.

What is continuing care?

Normally, children leave the care system when they reach legal independence at the age of 18. Unfortunately, research shows that these children are likely to have more negative life experiences and outcomes than other young people, with the key reasons often being inadequate preparation or support for the transition to adulthood. By delaying their transition from care, they’re far more likely to enjoy a better life experience in both the short and long-term. Continuing care – sometimes known as ‘Staying Put’ – is designed to help bring this about.

Continuing care at FCA Scotland

Continuing care was introduced into Scotland as part of the Children’s and Young People’s Act 2014, and at FCA Scotland we’re able to offer and support this service, helping many young people confidently start the next stage and chapter  of their lives.

Continuing care takes children through to the age of 21, ensuring a more seamless and supported transition to adulthood. It’s available to all young people who are, or have been, in a continuing relationship with a foster carer.

How is continuing care different to fostering?

Even though the fundamentals remain much the same as fostering, continuing care is legally different to fostering.

For example, instead of being described as ‘looked after’, young people become known as a ‘young adult and a care leaver’, while the child’s foster carer becomes known as a ‘former foster carer’. Equally, the foster placement becomes a ‘continuing care arrangement’ and is no longer governed by fostering regulations. Nor is it automatically eligible for the same financial support and incentives, which have to be agreed individually.

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Here at FCA Scotland we were quick to realise the benefits of continuing care, and we’ve worked hard to incorporate it within our service. As a result, we’ve put together a strong package of support to ensure it works effectively for everyone. So now, foster carers can extend the care and support they offer beyond the age of 18, provided it’s the right solution for everyone involved.

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Fostering Allowances

You’ll receive a generous fostering payment for every week a child or young person is in your care, designed to reward your professionalism and commitment.

Find out more about our fostering allowances here.

How to become a permanent foster carer

To become a foster carer the first step is to fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch to talk to you more about fostering, check you meet the initial criteria to foster and of course answer any questions you may have. Our team will then arrange to visit you at home, so find out in more depth about fostering and also give us the opportunity to get to know you better. You’ll then need to fill in an application form and, if accepted, you’ll start your full fostering assessment.

Interested in becoming a foster carer with FCA Scotland?

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