parent and child fostering

Parent and child fostering

Parent and child fostering provides vulnerable parents with the practical skills they need to care for their child.

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mother and baby foster placement

What is parent and child fostering?

Sometimes, new parents need a little extra guidance and support to help them raise healthy, happy children; particularly if they hadn’t experienced a loving and nurturing childhood themselves.

Parent and child foster parents welcome vulnerable mothers – sometimes fathers too – into their home and provide them with the practical skills they need to care for their child. Placements can occur before the arrival of the child, to help the parents prepare for the baby, after the baby has been born or even a little later in life if there are concerns around their ability to care for their child.

What’s the role of a parent and child foster parent?

The role of a parent and child foster parent can be extremely rewarding - by sharing your knowledge and offering invaluable support, you’re helping a family stay together.

As a parent and child foster parent, you’ll:

  • Provide a safe, non-judgemental home environment to a parent and their child – this could be a mother and baby placement, a father and child or both parents.
  • Help them to understand their baby or child’s development, so they can confidently respond to their changing needs.
  • Observe their parenting and keep records, as you may be asked by the local authority to contribute to a parenting assessment.
  • Attend regular specialist training to continuously develop your knowledge and skills, so parents and children receive the very best care.
mother and baby fostering allowances

Parent and child fostering pay

You’ll receive a generous weekly fee for the parent and child in your care, plus an allowance for any additional children or parents living in the foster home.

Parents will have differing levels of income, which should be used to pay for the care of their child.

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Who can become a parent and child foster carer?

Parent and child fostering – also known as mother and baby fostering - is a specialist foster placement type that requires additional training and experience. In addition to the standard requirements to become a foster parent, you’ll need to:

  • Have a minimum of 1 years’ experience of active mainstream fostering or experience of working in a relevant childcare profession, such as midwifery
  • Completed all mandatory ISP training, plus paediatric first aid training and child and parent placements
  • Have a large bedroom, plus reasonable living space for the parent and child - your bedroom must be large enough to accommodate a cot as the requirement is sometimes for the baby to sleep in your bedroom
  • Evidence of objective record keeping and report writing and making verbal representations in professional meetings or giving evidence in court
parent and child fostering training

Why become a parent and child foster carer?

Looking after a first-time parent and helping them to gain all the vital skills they need to raise their own child can be extremely rewarding. You’ll help them grow in confidence in their own parenting ability and support more families so they can stay together.

On the other hand, there may be times when despite your best efforts, a parent is not able to care for their child. While it’s never easy, you’ll still have played an important role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of a child.

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