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Fostering siblings

Keeping brothers and sisters together after being placed in foster care is crucial.

Do you have room in your life to foster siblings?

This type of fostering focuses on matching sibling groups with foster homes big enough for multiple foster children and foster carers who are capable of meeting their needs. We’re regularly asked to find a home for brothers and sisters in order to keep them together in one house.

There are plenty of good reasons for doing so, not least because they’re family and can support each other through what can be a difficult time. We also know that separation can create real problems, including anxiety, identity issues and a real sense of isolation. A BBC report showed that separation affected around 5,000 children in care during 2018 alone, so it’s a significant issue.

Sadly however, it’s not always possible to keep siblings together. This could be because the family group is too large, or there’s too big an age difference between them. Sometimes sibling rivalry means it’s safer to keep them apart. Another big reason is a shortage of foster carers with enough room in their house or time in their life to accommodate two or more children. If you think you could make a difference, we’d love to hear from you!

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Support and training

Fostering siblings is a unique and specialist area, so we make sure there’s extra training and support on hand to help you. So as well as a highly qualified team of social workers there are therapists, you’ll be able to tap into the expertise of our team. We’ll all get involved, helping you achieve the best outcomes for children and young people and an inspirational fostering experience for you.

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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 how much you could earn

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How to foster siblings

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.

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Interested in becoming a foster carer 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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