What is Foster Care? - Changing Futures Fostering

What is Foster Care?

  • Fostering is parenting with a difference…It’s super parenting!
  • What does foster care involve? Why is foster care important?
  • What are the different types of foster care?


Fostering is parenting with a difference… It’s super parenting.

It means giving a loving and stable home to children and young people who can’t be looked after safely by their own parents or relatives.

You could foster children or young people, or even babies. It’s more likely that you’ll look after older children and young people with Changing Future Fostering. As a foster parent, you’ll get lots of expert training and support, including a generous allowance to cover your costs and meet the child or young person’s needs. Children and young people can be fostered for all sorts of reasons. All of them need a loving and supportive home where they can feel safe.

Some, but not all, of the children who need foster parents have had to deal with some really tough stuff, including neglect or emotional, sexual or physical abuse.

Many have had to leave the parents that they love against their will, to live in a new house with new people that they don’t know or trust. This makes it very different from parenting your own children. They might not always welcome you with open arms at first, but they absolutely need your love, appropriate boundaries, and the stability you can give them.

What is Fostering by Changing Futures Fostering

Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding and most special things you can ever do.

It can also be really tough. You will get lots of training and support to help you be the best foster parent you can be and to help the young people you foster to thrive and achieve their dreams. We’ve designed our training and support based on feedback from the experts – foster parents and young people who’ve been in care themselves.

What is Fostering by Changing Futures Fostering

Types of fostering: Our foster parents can offer different types of fostering depending on what they want, their skills and their circumstances.

After reading this, if you feel it’s something that you could do, we would love to hear from you. We know fostering is rewarding and can change the lives of children, young people and the people who look after them.

Ring us today, and we will support you in starting your fostering journey with an informal chat and the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.