About fostering

2.Who needs fostering?

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    In the East Riding we approve foster carers to look after children in as wide an age range as possible, however, we recognise that you may wish to care for children of a specific age range and this will be discussed during your assessment.

    Babies and toddlers

    Babies and toddlers need your love and support to be able to deal with the separation and loss they have experienced. Often, this will be a short-term arrangement whilst their futures are being decided by the courts. The foster carer’s role is to show them unconditional love, introduce routines and boundaries and help prepare them to either move back to birth parents or a person connected to their family, to an adoptive family or to a long-term permanent foster family.


    There are a lot of myths around teenagers in foster care, which means that it can be more difficult to find foster families for them. Fostering teens can be hugely rewarding, as they are at an age when you can see real benefits from the guidance, support and nurturing that foster care provides.

    Brothers and sisters

    It is important for brothers and sisters to stay together wherever possible so they can support and reassure each other and what can be a difficult time. In some instances, younger or same sex siblings are able to share a bedroom.

    Children with disabilities

    Some children in foster care have conditions that impact their ability to engage in everyday activities, such as sensory disabilities, learning difficulties, and mobility problems. We’re looking for dedicated individuals who can provide these children with a stable, loving home and help them to manage their physical, emotional or learning disabilities and complex medical conditions. This could be providing a regular short break to parents or a full-time arrangement.

    Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)

    UASC children are vulnerable young people usually between 14 and 17 who have travelled to the UK to escape danger in their own country, and unlike children from the UK we may know very little about them when they arrive. As a foster carer, you will support them with language, learning our culture and customs, and building a new life in the UK. They will also need support with the process of applying for permission to stay in the UK. Fostering UASC is a specialist area of fostering that has its challenges but is also hugely rewarding. There are a wide range of courses available to those who are approved for this type of fostering.

    Read more about training opportunities for our foster carers.

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