Becoming a foster parent: Skills, Training & Support

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You may have many questions about fostering. Here are some of the most frequently asked related to the required skills, qualifications and training support.

1. What skills and abilities do I need to foster a child?

Few foster parents start off with all the abilities they need, and that is why we give you the initial “Skills to Foster” courses followed by post-approval training.
Most people are surprised by the skills they already have – we’ll help you develop them.

2. Do I need qualifications to foster a child?

You do not need specific qualifications to become a foster parent, although some experience of caring for children, either personally or professionally, would help. The most important qualities we look for in foster parents are the enthusiasm and commitment to provide a child with a secure family environment.

3. How will I cope if my foster child has poor behaviour?

Before any child is placed with your family, we identify and risk factors and their triggers. This allows us to put safeguards in place and provide you with strategies to manage challenging behaviour.
We also provide you with extra support and respite on an ongoing basis, as well as help from our therapy team.

4. How will I cope emotionally while fostering?

The training and support we give you helps to face emotive issues, including difficult times such as when it’s time for a child to move on from your family.

If your question wasn't answered here, please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help.