Fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children can be extremely rewarding experience as you provide them with a safe and secure home environment

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!

Supporting you

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.

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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

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How to become a
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 parent with FCA Scotland?

Do you have the skills and compassion needed to be a foster parent? Enter your town or postcode to find your nearest office or get in touch today.

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