Fostering children with disabilities | Oxfordshire County Council

Fostering children with disabilities

Details about fostering children with disabilities

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A number of children with disabilities need to be looked after for regular short breaks or for longer periods of time. The children have a wide range of needs; most have a significant learning disability and may also have further needs such as:

  • physical disabilities
  • complex health needs
  • behaviour which can be challenging

You don’t need to have experience of disability to be a disability foster carer, although this would be helpful. We do provide training to improve your skills and support you. However, you do need to have time, energy and flexibility and enough space in your life and home.

Fostering involves working closely with professionals and sometimes the birth family, following an agreed plan to support families and to rebuild relationships.

Length of time

Joseph is 5 years old....his favourite thing is playing in puddles because he loves to feel the splashes. He has poor vision and limited speech which can cause him anxiety and frustration at times.

He loves to laugh and play with others but can find busy environments overwhelming.

Disability fostering can be:

  • short term, from a few days up to two years
  • long term, to give a child permanency until they move on to live independently.

The Short Break Scheme offers children with disabilities regular planned breaks with you in your home, one weekend per month.

Short Break foster carers support families and give children with a disability the chance to experience exciting new opportunities. The scheme relies on people to volunteer just a couple of days a month, it’s a way of being able to foster even in if you work full time.

Further information

If you are interested in disability fostering please contact the Fostering Team for more information on how to apply.

Last reviewed
31 October 2017
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