Family and friends foster care
There is an increasing emphasis across the UK on keeping children within their circle of family and friends if they are unable to be cared for by their parents. If these carers are assessed as foster carers, they are known as family and friends or kinship foster carers.
Family and friends foster carers sometimes become foster carers at very short notice and may need additional support to get their homes ready or may need support to deal with some of the issues that arise from caring for a child that was already known to you such as when a grandparent has to limit their son or daughter's contact with the grandchild that they are fostering.
The guidance around family and friends foster care varies across the UK and it is important that family and friends foster carers are aware of the guidance and legislation that applies to them.
It is also important that family and friends carers are aware of their status and whether they have been assessed as foster carers as this can affect the levels of support that they are entitled to.
We have produced a range of resources to support family and friends foster carers.
Members of the Fostering Network log in here for more information and resources on family and friends foster care, and access to peer to peer support in our online community.