The Disabled Children's Fostering Service recruits, trains and supports foster carers to meet the needs of disabled children. This can include autism, physical and learning difficulties and complex health needs.
If you have a spare room and you can offer a loving home for a disabled child to stay, our fostering team will offer you the training and support you need so that you can meet the needs of a child with confidence.
You will receive an enhanced financial package and you do not need previous experience, as long as you are willing to learn and participate in training.
We match children needing foster care to the skills and experience of the carer as well as train and develop carers' skills to extend the range of disabilities they can cater for. Some of our foster carers specialise in a particular type of disability while others have, over time, gained skills across a range of disabilities.
We need Foster Carers who can care for children either full time or for short breaks.
You can choose to look after a number of children as a full-time foster carer, when a child is with you either for a few days in a family emergency, through to permanent care when a child grows up in and part of your family.
Parents of children with a disability often provide intensive care. This means they need regular care breaks to do even the simplest household chores, spend time with other family members, or just have a break themselves.
Some of our foster carers provide short break care for disabled children to help families take a much needed break from their daily routine, or if they need to take personal time or medical care.
It's also a good opportunity for disabled children to gain independence and enjoy new experiences away from their home environment.
Short break care can be anything from occasional days/evenings, a weekend a month or during the school holidays. For example, someone who works in a school may be happy to help out during school holidays.
If you can offer short break care, please get in touch to discuss the requirements.
What are the benefits for the child?
- The child can meet new people and experience different activities
- The child is encouraged to develop independence from their parents
- There is more opportunity long term for the child to stay with their family.
- It's not essential that your home is wheelchair accessible but we can, with your agreement, consider home adaptations.
- It's helpful if you have a ground floor bedroom and bathroom facilities but we also need foster homes with conventional upstairs bedroom arrangements.
Support and training
- We make sure you are trained in specific care tasks in relation to medication, mealtimes and personal care.
- You can continue to work on a full or part-time basis or you can, if appropriate, care for a number of children as a full-time role.
- You will receive a financial package.
- You don't need previous experience as long as you are willing to learn and participate in training.
We need people who have experience and enjoy caring for a disabled child or young person. People from all walks of life who have energy, patience and common sense, who value diversity, and have a willingness to learn.
- full time placements from £316.93 to £512.81 per week plus Disability Living Allowance
- short break placements from £59.23 to £73.26 per night