FOSTERING A CHILD WITH DISABILITIES
Young people and children needing foster care include those with different conditions and disabilities.
Pride Fostering Service is child centred and recognise the rewards and challenges that fostering a child with disabilities can bring.
Pride have developed a specialist approach offering a package of support to ensure our foster carers receive the specific training that meets the individual needs of the young people in their care.
Children may have different conditions and disabilities including:
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health needs
- Physical disabilities
- Sensory impairments or challenges
To recognise the different challenges we assist carers with:
- Offering support with equipment or modifying their home
- Provide specific training – dependent on the individual needs of the child
- Arranging respite breaks
- Providing higher level of support
- Arranging activities and day trips for children
Disabled children in the care system
Statistics show that young people who are disabled are nine times more likely to become looked after than non-disabled children and about a quarter of all looked after children are disabled in some way. Our services to Local Authorities are provided either through providing a short term break for a child or offering a short, medium or long placement.
Depending on the young person’s severity of needs, fostering children may require you being trained as an enhanced foster carer. Please follow the link: https://www.pridefostering.com/specialist-placements/ to find more information on specialist placements.
If you are interested in fostering children with special needs, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us today on 01582 433 775.