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Looking for a career change? Want to earn a competitive pay package whilst performing a valuable role that actually makes a difference in the world? If this sounds like you, then parent and child fostering might be the perfect career choice for you!
Parent and child foster carers provide vital support to a parent and their baby. This is sometimes referred to as mother and baby fostering as it is usually a young mother and her infant that receive this type of care. That being said, a father or a mother and father together can also receive this type of foster care.
Foster carers who care for a parent and child have the opportunity to work with a vulnerable parent and help to teach them valuable life lessons and skills. It’s a truly rewarding role where you can offer life changing support and guidance that will help to make a positive difference in the lives of a family.
During the placement, the foster carer is tasked with carrying out an assessment of the parent and their suitability to care for their baby. This placement has a time limit of 12 weeks so it really gives you the chance to get to know the family and to spend plenty of time improving their outlook and skills.
Whilst the role can be very full-on and challenging, our carers report feeling a huge sense of satisfaction and pride in their job as they have the chance to help keep a family together and to use their skills, experience, and knowledge to provide guidance, love, and support to a parent who may be struggling to cope.
If you have an interest in childcare, especially young children and babies, then this type of foster care is a great option. Whilst you are not solely caring for the baby, you will be spending time with the parent and helping them to provide the very best care for their infant.
The perfect candidate for this type of role will be someone who is very patient, kind, considerate, and understanding. You should have good communication and listening skills as working together with the parent will be very important to the role and it’s essential that you are getting along and are open to understanding situations and experiences from their point of view.
That being said, you should also be analytical and have strong record keeping skills as the main task of this role is to provide an assessment of the parent. This is something that you will work on as part of the wider social team with Family Fostering Partners — so being a good team player is also desirable!
As this is a specialist type of foster care, people who choose to pursue this type of role will receive dedicated training sessions and ongoing support from their link worker to ensure they are prepared for the nature of the role. The additional training and higher expectations of the role mean that parent and child foster carers are paid a higher allowance in recognition of the hard work and time commitment our foster parents dedicate to the role.
The average foster allowance payment per week for a parent and child carer is around £700. This, in addition to various tax relief schemes that foster carers are subject to, means that this type of care offers an extremely competitive salary!pare
If this role sounds like something you’re interested in, or even if you would just like a little more information about what it entails, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. No question is too small and our team are always happy to hear from you! You can reach us by calling 03300 948816 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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