I am in foster care

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If you are already looked after by us, or about to move into foster care, we understand that you may be worried and a bit scared but we hope that this page can answer some of your questions or point you in the right direction for help and advice. These questions have been asked by other children and young people who are in foster care.

We will try to find you a home with local foster carers so that you can keep in touch with family and friends and continue with any activities and hobbies you enjoy. Wherever possible we will try to place you with your brothers and sisters, if you have any.

You will be living with Foster Carers – people who are specially chosen to provide a loving and welcoming home to children and young people who cannot live at home with their birth families for whatever reason. All sorts of people become Foster Carers; single people, couples, people with young children, others with no children and some whose children are grown up now and have their own families. Sometimes there may be other fostered children living in the house too.

It’s hard to say exactly how long you will be looked after by Foster Carers as every child is different. Sometimes children stay in foster care for a short time while things at home get sorted. Some children stay for longer – you should talk to your social worker about how it will be for you.

All looked after children have a Social Worker whose job is to make sure that their needs are met.  Your Social Worker will be in regular contact with you to make sure that you are well cared for and happy.

A care plan is where all the things that are going to be done to help you are written down. Your Social Worker will write down how your education, health and religious needs will be met, how you can keep doing the hobbies and activities you enjoy and plan how you can keep in touch with family and friends. Your social worker will discuss your care plan with you and make sure that your wishes and views are included.

You can talk to your social worker about the best way to keep in touch with family and friends. Your views will be taken into account and your Social Worker will want to make sure that you are happy and safe.

Yes, you will be able to bring your things from home and you will need to talk to your social worker to sort this out.

While you are looked after you will get pocket money and your foster carer will talk to you about this. Your foster carer will be given money to pay for school trips and activities and to buy you the things that you need – like new clothes, shoes and toys.

We try hard to find you a foster carer who lives fairly close so that you don’t have to change schools.  You may need to catch a school bus or be taken by your carer if it is a drive away. Sometimes it is not possible for you to stay in the same school and your Social Worker will talk to you about this.

Your foster carer and social worker will encourage you to join in with activities if you want to. Your Foster Carer will be given money to pay for you to keep doing the activities you enjoy, or to try new things.

If you are worried or unhappy you can talk to your social worker, foster carer, teacher or advocate.  They will listen to you and do their best to help. You can talk to them whenever you want to and every so often you will all meet up to discuss your care plan and how you feel.

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