Fostering babies and toddlers
Providing foster care for young babies and under 2 year olds is often to prepare them to be moved on to be adopted or return to their family home.
Fostering babies or toddlers is rewarding as foster carers can see the child thrive and develop in their care. It can also be very demanding as they may have specific medical needs which may require 24 hour support. Foster carers need to be fully commited to the demands to manage fostering babies and toddlers to provide the one to one care and the impact upon your own family.
You will to work closely with the birth parents, using your personal skills to provide regular contact arrangements (often in your own home or at a family centre).
You would also host introduction meetings between the children and the prospective adoptive parents in your home.
Foster carers are responsible for taking the child to and from contact arrangements. meetings and medical visits - so transport is also a consideration and carers need to be available and flexible to meet these needs.
Specialised training is provided to foster carers to help them cope with the feelings of loss when the babies or toddlers move on. As a foster carer looking after babies and toddlers you will need to be both professional sensitive.
There are a number of Fostering Agencies who specialise in fostering babies and toddlers, contact us to find out more.