fostering children with disabilities

Fostering Children with Disabilities

Fostering a child with disabilities means offering specialist care, nurture and support to a child who needs it most, and the impact you can have on their life is extremely positive.

There are many children in foster care who have a wide range of conditions that impact their ability to engage in everyday activities, look after themselves and thrive. This includes sensory disabilities, learning difficulties and mobility problems. We’re looking for dedicated individuals who can provide these children with a stable, loving home and help them to manage their physical, emotional or learning disabilities and complex medical conditions.

Not all children with disabilities in foster care have experienced neglect or abuse in the past; sometimes, foster parents support birth parents by providing regular respite foster care. Other times, children may be placed in foster care on a permanent basis because their parents aren’t able to meet their needs, however, regular contact is maintained.

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Specialist training and support

As an ISP foster parent, you’re supported by an entire network of professionals, including social workers, fostering advisors and therapists, who are on hand to offer expert support and guidance, whenever you need it.

Alongside first-class support, we offer a wide variety of specialist training courses, including Autism and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make a life-changing difference.

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When you join ISP, you’ll receive a weekly fostering allowance when a young person is placed with you – from £438 - £579 per week - depending on your experience and area.

This fee comprises of two elements:

  • A child allowance to cover all expenditure in relation to the child in your care
  • A foster parent fee to reward you for undertaking the fostering task

You’ll also receive a holiday and summer activity allowance to encourage enriching life experiences for young people in foster care.

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Placing a child with a family

We expertly match children with disabilities, with foster parents who have the specialist training and experience to meet their needs. It can sometimes seem daunting, however caring for a child with a disability is extremely rewarding.

During the fostering process, we will discuss your preferences and ability to offer a home to children with disabilities. You don’t have to decide whether you’d like to care for a child with disabilities before becoming approved. If you decide that you’d like to develop your skills, you can attend some of our specialist training courses for specific disabilities and health conditions.

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