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Match Foster Care FAQs
Match Foster Care

Frequently Asked Questions

As a foster carer you should be available for the children in your care as you would be for your own children. If you have a flexible job or perhaps you work from home, you may be able to continue.

A foster child should have their own bedroom in your home. It is possible for younger siblings o to share a room, but this will depend upon the children and the size of the bedroom.  We can provide a full answer to this question when we see  your property.

There are many types of fostering – long-term, short-term, respite. Often, a child may come for a short period of time but then, because it’s going well, the foster parents decide to offer long-term fostering. Much depends on the child or young person’s circumstances, which will be considered when we assess you and when we match you with the right child.  

We will provide you with as much information as possible about the child or young person and their background as possible.  Remember, you don’t have to say yes to every child we propose.  We always ask the appropriate questions and we will find out as much as possible about the child or young person, their history and potential requirements.  Sometimes, we don’t know what has happened in full until the child comes to live with you and feels safe enough to speak more openly. 

All animals in the home will be considered during the assessment process to ensure that they do not pose a risk to the child or young person.  For many foster children, the love of a pet can really help them to settle.  

Children come into care for a whole range of reasons, including a family member’s short-term illness or a parent’s depression or drug or alcohol misuse. Many children in foster care have experienced abuse or neglect. This does not mean, though, that the children will not maintain a relationship with their birth families.  This is an important part of fostering, one in which high quality and careful support is required.   Where contact is deemed appropriate, we will support  you as needed.  We risk assess any contact where we have a direct involvement to make sure everyone is safe.  

Match is not a specialist disability fostering service, but we have an excellent record of caring for children with complex health needs, helped in part by having our own nurse and by having excellent foster parents of course!   Our role is to support you and this may include providing specialist equipment or training. Your supervising social worker will explain the specific needs of the child before any placement is made and support you in making the placement work – both for you and the child.