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Special needs fostering

Children needing foster care include those with :
• medical conditions or physical or learning disabilities, such as
autism, hyperactivity, attention deficits, or reading difficulties.

They often need:
• extra special love
• care and attention
• in some cases may need to be placed in foster homes that have
a downstairs bathroom and bedroom.
• some may need special medication or care routines.

Their carers must be:
• interested in helping them reach their full potential
• be willing to undergo training
• if appropriate, to learn related communication or medical skills

Support and ongoing specialist training is provided to foster carers willing to undertake this often highly rewarding work.

Extra support for foster carers of children with disabilities

Respite care

Because it is accepted that the pressure of looking after children with disabilities can put people under  added pressure, it is possible for foster carers to be given short respite breaks.

This could mean that the child will be looked after temporarily by another carer from the short breaks team, or alternatively they may be accommodated overnight or for a weekend in a specialist residential unit for children with disabilities.

School holiday and Saturday schemes

Activity based programmes are available throughout local authorities for children and young people with disabilities.

Occupational therapy

This service assesses children and families and provides aids and equipment. It can organise appropriate services to assist with a child's overall care and development.
Learning and development

Carers of disabled children have access to specialist training opportunities such as Makaton, sign language and manual moving and handling.

Special education

Children and young people with disabilities usually have a statement of special educational need. This identifies the extra help a child needs to access the school curriculum either with assistance in a mainstream school or in a special school.

Opportunity playgroups and youth services

Foster carers will get support and help from nurseries, education and youth services which provide specialist help and support to children with disabilities.

Thinking of fostering children with special needs?

We'd love to hear from you, use the contact details below to get in touch.

Simply Fostering has Fostering Agency members who specialise in providing foster carers for children with special needs and for disabled children.

For further information contact us 

Choosing the best Fostering Agency

Before enquiring or applying to become a foster carer, make sure that you choose the right agency for you and your family by using our free Agency Matching Service. Contact us today.

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