PARENT AND CHILD PLACEMENTS
Parent & child placements are provided to parents and their children to give them the best opportunity of staying together in care. Most commonly, placements are for mother and their baby but it can also be for the father and also older children.
Parent & child placements are often an alternative to residential care and the social worker with a Local Authority may consider a parent & child placement as a preferred outcome for several reasons:
- The parent has had a child removed in the past due to abuse or neglect
- Parent’s skills in parenting need to be assessed
- The parent needs support and training to develop parenting skills
- There are concerns about the self-care of a parent
- Potential misuse of drugs and/or alcohol by a parent
Foster carers can provide support and guidance to the parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills to address the problems they have or may have experienced in the past.
Foster carers are often asked to contribute to observational reports and provide information about the level of care the young parent is giving to their child. Working with a parent & child can be very rewarding for foster carers given the different challenges and many positives for both the parent and child.
Mother and baby foster placements or parent and child foster placements are in high demand due to the specialist nature of this form of care. Foster carers who offer parent and child foster placements with Pride Fostering Service are offered an extensive support package including a competitive financial reward. Parent and baby foster placements are time limited, usually lasting around three months at a time, although these can be longer. This is a demanding type of placement but also very rewarding. Our foster carers who do offer this form of placement often talk about the joy they feel when a parent has been supported to develop their parenting skills and are deemed ready to make a life for themselves and their child.
If you are interested in being a parent and child foster carer for Pride, please call us on 01582 433 775.