What is sanctuary-seeking fostering?
More and more unaccompanied children are entering the UK from overseas, forced from their homes and family by war, famine and disease or persecution and social upheaval. They’re generally boys aged over 14, from a long list of countries including Afghanistan and Syria. Often enduring hardship and long, dangerous journeys, they arrive in the UK – many without money, without speaking English, and without a clear idea of if their families are alive, or whether they’ll be allowed to stay. On top of all this, they may have to apply for asylum, a long and complicated legal process.
All of this means that fostering unaccompanied young children has a unique and distinctive character, calling for empathy and huge reserves of patience and skill. Your role is to support them for as long as they need, helping them adapt to a new culture, maintain contact with their roots, and plan for the future, all at the same time!
Don’t worry, we’ll be there to help you at every step with the support of social workers, therapists and other professionals. Our training is designed to help too, not least in understanding more about the culture and experiences of the children in your care.
In an ideal world, you’ll speak the child’s language or be familiar with their heritage – but sadly, as these children demonstrate, we’re not living in an ideal world. So, provided you’re compassionate and open minded, we’d welcome your application.
And for every week they’re with you, you’ll receive a generous payment plus allowances for events such as birthdays and holidays.
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.
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Other types of fostering
Long term fostering
For a child or young person this means that the care planning process has concluded that they will thrive best if they are cared for away from home on a permanent basis. This type of fostering would mean caring for a child or young person until independence.
Interim fostering involves caring for a baby, child or young person for a few weeks or months while difficulties at home are resolved and is often linked to further assessments of the young person or family members together with court processes.
Short break fostering
Also known as respite fostering, this is where a foster carer takes on the care and support of a child or young person so that the usual foster carer can take a well-deserved break. We offer all of our foster carers respite care every year.
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.
In some cases, it’s often important for the child or young person to be a ‘solo’ placement - in other words, they’re the only child in the home. That means solo fostering is usually only suitable for foster carers without other children in their home.
Keeping brothers and sisters together after being placed in foster care is crucial. This type of fostering focuses on matching sibling groups with foster homes big enough for multiple foster children and foster parents who are capable of meeting their needs.
Calling for huge amounts of care, compassion and patience, this type of fostering often involves handling medications and managing complex care routines, so it’s especially demanding on your time and commitment.
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