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Parent and child foster care

Parent and child foster care involves looking after vulnerable parents and their young children.

The parent may need support because they had a poor experience of parenting when they were growing up. Or they might need extra help to learn parenting skills.

As the foster carer, you will provide the parent with advice and guidance. You will be a role model to help them recognise, understand, and respond to their child's needs.

The experience of living in a caring, structured family environment can help these parents to thrive. It can make a significant contribution to helping the family stay together.

Roles and responsibilities

Our Parent and Child Foster Care Placements policy sets out the roles and responsibilities of:

  • The foster carer providing the placement
  • The parent in the placement
  • The foster carer's supervising social worker
  • The child's social worker
  • The parent's social worker (if the parent is under 18 years old)

Read the Parent and Child Foster Care Placements policy (PDF) [221KB]

Fees for parent and child foster care

You will get £954 per week for a parent and child foster care placement. This flat fee includes your basic maintenance allowance.

Children who need foster care

Why children might need foster care and the type of support different children will need

See more (Go to Children who need foster care)

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