Fostering is a way of providing a nurturing and safe environment for somebody else’s child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family.
Foster care is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems, or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives. Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and their parents are able to look after them safely. Others may stay in long-term foster care, some may be adopted, and others will move on to live independently.
Foster children vary in age from babies to teenagers. Every child’s story is different but they all require security, stability and the chance to reach their full potential.
Foster carers come from all walks of life - we need a diverse range of people with different skills and qualities to come forward to ensure that our children remain in Oxfordshire close to their families, friends, schools and the things that will be important to them.
Fostering can be difficult, especially if the child has emotional or physical problems, but you will get lots of support. You will receive an allowance designed to cover the cost of looking after a foster child, but experienced carers may receive an additional fee when caring for children with more significant needs. Details of allowances and additional fees.
Here is a short film called Loose Ends about a young boy's journey through a period of months.