A parent and child placement with Foster Portsmouth involves both a child and their birth parent (or parents) living with you in your home, usually on a short term basis. Some parents need a little additional support, advice and some supervision while they develop their parenting skills including feeding, routines and interaction with the child. This could be due to their young age, concerns about their own self-care or wellbeing, living with learning difficulties, requiring a place of safety or simply that they don’t have any local family able to help.
People like Imogen* and her one year-old son Matthew*, who lives part of the week with his father, who are looking for a new placement this summer. 17-year-old Imogen, who is expecting her second baby in November, is smart, funny and chatty. Imogen needs some guidance and support during this life-changing time, empowering her to make positive decisions, develop her childcare skills, and ensure the children’s well-being now and in the future.
Foster Portsmouth’s parent & child placements enable the critical development of the bond formed in the early months, provides a nurturing environment facilitating the family staying together rather than the child having to be placed alone, and ensures the parent/s can stay local to work, education, friends or family. Placements will usually involve the mother and her baby, but they could also include the child’s father or an older child up to the age of two if a need has been identified when the child is a little older.
These placements can be intensive, and foster carers doing this work need good communication skills and the confidence to monitor and assess parenting potential. You’ll also need a spare bedroom big enough to accommodate a bed and cot. You’ll receive excellent, local training and 24/7 support from our specialist social worker and expert fostering team, as well as through our mentoring scheme and the Mockingbird Programme, and competitive fees and allowances.
The council welcomes all enquiries about fostering. This could be a short or long term placement for a child or siblings until they’re ready to live independently or be reunited with family, support for unaccompanied minors or children with a disability, supported lodgings to develop their independent living skills, these parent and baby placements, or respite care.
Anyone aged 18+ with a spare bedroom could foster with Foster Portsmouth regardless of their age, gender, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, marital or work status, or whether they rent or own their own home.
If you can support, guide and empower vulnerable parents with the care of their child in a safe and caring home, and have relevant skills and experience, then you could provide parent and child foster care helping to put the parent on the right path to raising a contented and healthy child.
Learn how you can make a difference to their lives… and yours.
To enquire about fostering with Foster Portsmouth, or to arrange a 1:1 with one of our experienced team or existing foster carers, please fill in our contact form below, call 023 9283 4071 or email email@example.com.
*Names changed and photo contains models to protect identities.