Once a placement has been identified, you will be provided with information about the child or young person who is soon to join your family, including their circumstance and or any problems or issues they are likely to have.

Your social worker, and in many cases also the child’s social worker, will talk to you about issues such as:

  • the child’s medical needs or any special needs they may have
  • their school and/or daily routines
  • the relationship with family members and whether the child will have contact with them
  • what you will be expected to do to meet the needs of the child

The child’s social worker should keep in regular contact with you and will monitor how the placement is going. Your own supervising social worker will also be on hand to support you.

You may also have regular contact with any professionals working with the child such as counsellors, teachers or medical specialists, as well as with the child’s birth family for contact arrangements if appropriate.

Your fostering service will pay you a weekly fostering allowance to cover the costs of looking after the child. Some fostering services also pay a fee on top of this.

You can find out more about the roles and responsibilities of foster carers in our definitive guide Thinking about fostering?   Alternatively visit the Fostering Network website to read more about being a foster carer  and looking after a fostered child.

Why not also have a look at one of our books about fostering a child?