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Round-the-Clock Support: Empowering Foster Parents for a Transformative Journey

Foster care is a noble and selfless act of providing a loving and nurturing environment for children who have experienced upheavals in their lives. 

Understanding the significance of foster parents’ support, Match Foster Care has come forward to offer 24-hour support, ensuring foster parents receive the guidance, training, and assistance they need to create a stable and secure home for these vulnerable children. That’s why we have multiple venues across the Midlands, ensuring you never have to travel far to attend our sessions. 

Foster Parent Support Services offered by Match Foster Care

Once foster parents have completed their training and have a child placed in their care for a short-term or long-term, they continue to receive ongoing support services. These support services offer round-the-clock assistance, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our foster parents can access a helpline, chat support, or even have the option of in-person consultations with experienced social workers.

The support services are designed to help foster parents navigate the complexities of parenting children who may have faced adversity. From handling behavioural challenges to dealing with emotional traumas, our support team ensures that foster parents never feel alone in their journey.

Foster Care Training

The foundation of every successful foster parenting journey is the comprehensive foster care training provided to prospective caregivers. Match Foster Care training aims to equip foster parents with the necessary skills and knowledge to address the unique needs of the children under their care. Typically, the training covers various topics, such as child development, trauma-informed care, behaviour management techniques, and cultural sensitivity.

The training also educates foster parents about the legal aspects of fostering, understanding the child welfare system, and building strong relationships with biological families. This holistic approach ensures that foster parents are prepared for the emotional and practical challenges that fostering might bring.

Financial Support for Foster Parents

Recognising the financial demands of raising children, especially those who may have special needs, Match Foster Care provides financial support to foster parents. This financial assistance can cover the child’s basic needs, including clothing, food, and school supplies. 

Registered Nurse Support

At Match Foster Care, we prioritise the well-being of both foster parents and the children they care for. To ensure the highest level of care, we have a dedicated team of registered nurses who provide additional support to all foster parents, particularly those caring for children with additional needs. Our nurses offer expert guidance, medical advice, and training to foster parents, empowering them to address the unique health challenges their children may face.

Education Lead Assistance

We understand the significance of education in a child’s life, and at Match Foster Care, we believe that every child deserves the best opportunities to succeed academically. That’s why we have an Education Lead who provides additional support for any educational issues that arise. Whether it’s addressing learning difficulties, advocating for specialised educational plans, or liaising with schools, our Education Lead ensures that each child’s educational needs are met with care and dedication.

Enriching Activity Days

At Match Foster Care, we go the extra mile to create a sense of belonging and joy for our foster families. Regular activity days are organised to bring children and foster parents together in a fun and supportive environment. These days are filled with enriching activities, games, and outings, fostering meaningful connections among families and creating cherished memories that last a lifetime.

Foster Parent Support Groups

We recognise that foster parenting can be both rewarding and challenging. To provide foster parents with a network of understanding and empathetic peers, we organise regular support groups. These groups offer a safe space for foster parents to share experiences, seek advice, and find encouragement from others who comprehend the unique journey of fostering.

Annual Christmas Ball

As part of our commitment to creating a nurturing and festive atmosphere, Match Foster Care hosts an annual Christmas Ball for the children and foster parents. This special event brings families together to celebrate the holiday season with love and merriment. The Christmas Ball is a time for children to experience the magic of the season and for foster parents to build cherished traditions with their newfound families.

To sum it up, our mission is to ensure that foster parents receive the additional support they need to provide a loving and stable home for children in their care. Through our dedicated registered nurses, education lead, enriching activity days, support groups, and special events like the Annual Christmas Ball, we strive to create a nurturing and fulfilling foster care experience for both children and foster families.

Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children and offer them a brighter future filled with love and support! Contact our team to find out how you can become a foster parent or how you can transfer from another foster agency!