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Fostering Families

Fostering Families is an approach to fostering which aims to help whole families in need of long-term support. The aim is to help parents care for their children, and to keep those children living safely at home with their parents. Many of the families we work with do not have anyone to support them to be the kind of parent they would like to be.

The Fostering Families project came into being because we recognise the significant negative impact of separating children from their parents. It is informed by the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM), and focuses on providing protection and comfort for whole families. The aim is to foster connections of support around the family and improve the quality of family relationships. The role of the foster carer, or kinship carer, is to act as a compensatory attachment figure, ‘caring for someone like a parent would’.

What Fostering Families carers do

The following are typical of the sorts of help you might provide:

  • Provide guidance, emotional support and encouragement
  • Practical help - assisting with appointments, support with household tasks and money management
  • Provide childcare (such a short respite breaks)
  • Help with family mealtimes and bedtime routines
  • Support the family to access activities in the community

How you can become a Fostering Families carer

Contact one of the team to discuss your interest. We’ll work with you and your family to complete an assessment process, which takes around 3 months. This is to make sure the role is right for you, and to find out more about how you might be able to help a family in need.

If you’d like to know more about the challenges and opportunities of this valuable new role, please email us at: fostering_families@bathnes.gov.uk