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  • What is Fostering

What is Fostering?

Fostering means providing care and emotional support to a child or young person who cannot be cared for by their own parents or family. 


Fostering provides much more than a stable home. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home where they have the support and encouragement they need to do well in life. Some children and young people are able to return home after a while, but others may need a foster family until they are adults themselves.


As a Foster Parent you’ll be looking after another person’s child in your own home. Like any child or young person they need stability, security and a chance to develop and thrive.  A Foster Parent will have a huge impact on a child’s lives, helping them to improve their self-esteem, make better choices and to go on to have a safer and happier future.


Foster Parents go through an approval process where we ensure that they would be suitable to foster. Once approved, we skill Foster Parents with training (both initial and on-going) and carefully match parents with children or young people to ensure a good fit.


What's amazing about fostering with By the Bridge is one simple concept - everyone is unique. Each child that we care for has their own individual story. Because of this, there is no such thing as the "perfect" foster parent we look for. You can foster if you are single, renting a property (as opposed to a homeowner) and also if you have never had any children of your own.


Many people tell us that their decision to foster with By the Bridge was the best one they ever made, and that the work of Foster Parents is eased by the development and support package that is in place to help them do their job well. 


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