When you become a foster carer, you set into motion a series of transformations both in your life and the lives of the young people, children, and teenagers who will come into your care.
Becoming a foster carer is by no means a straightforward process, with the lengthy application just the first of many challenges that you will face. But the good thing is, in all cases the rich rewards far outweigh the challenges and difficulties – with every one of our existing foster carers heralding the support, training, and advice that they receive from the Olive Branch Fostering team on a daily basis.
If you have already read up about the process and done your homework, you will know that becoming a foster carer isn’t just about proving yourself as a suitable caregiver – it’s also about making choices about the kind of fostering you want to offer.
And here at Olive Branch Fostering, we offer a range of fostering types, with each suitable for a different home environment, individual carer or foster family. Because of this, it is advised that you research your ideal type of fostering, with the following an introduction to the main services we provide and support.
Therapeutically-Led Foster Care
Sometimes considered the most challenging types of foster care, our therapeutically-led care placements are built on intense training which empowers the foster carer to feel confident when dealing with the complexities of placements. These are children who may have suffered trauma, abuse, and neglect, and who bring to the placement a wealth of behavioural and psychological challenges which can be difficult to break through.
Therapeutically-led foster care is a process which needs to be taken one day at a time – but the Olive Branch Fostering team are here to help at every twist and turn.
Parent & Child Foster Care
Taking in a parent and child case means opening your home to a parent who is unequipped and unable to raise their baby alone. Often a young person who lacks a stable home and parenting structure, these parents require support in understanding what it means to be a caregiver for a newborn – with these foster carers required to share their own knowledge, help the parent to learn about caring for a baby, and become more confident in their role as parent.
Fostering teenagers can be one of the most daunting types of fostering, and yet when you start to see a young person understand the potential ahead of them and become inspired to chase a better way of life, the rewards are unrivalled and life changing.
From a few hours a week to a full day or more, respite fostering is a chance for the birth family of a child to have a break – sending their child to the safety of a caring foster placement for the set period of time that they need apart.
Emergency / Short Term Fostering
This type of fostering could range from a single night emergency placement to a couple of nights while more permanent arrangements are made. Often contacted without warning, being an emergency foster carer is about being able to adapt and be flexible in the face of challenging situations.
Long Term Fostering
The kind of placement which sees a child or teenager enter your home and become a part of your family – integrating into your way of life, becoming enrolled into the local school, and finally feeling welcome and safe in a place that they can call home.
If you think that you could open your home and heart to any one of the above types of foster care, then we want to hear from you.
As part of our network, you will benefit from comprehensive training, support, advice, and the community of foster carers who can guide and talk you through every step of the process.