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What Types Of Support Are Available To Foster Carers?

Foster care is a critical system designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children who cannot live with their biological families. However, the journey of a child in foster care can be complex, with various needs arising from past trauma, emotional struggles and educational challenges. 

Recognising these multifaceted needs, Match Foster Care has implemented a comprehensive approach to support children’s well-being. With a dedicated team comprising a Nurse, Education Lead and Therapeutic Practitioner, at Match Foster Care we aim to address the holistic needs of every child under our care.

As an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated fostering agency in the West Midlands, we’d like to share an overview of the support we provide to our foster families. Crucially, the difference that expert guidance can make in creating positive long term outcomes for children in the foster care network. 

Addressing Health Needs

The foundation of a child’s well-being lies in their physical health. Unfortunately, children in the foster care network may experience health issues due to neglect, abuse, or a lack of access to healthcare. As a result, foster children may experience chronic illnesses, developmental delays, nutritional deficiencies, and dental issues. 

Match Foster Care understands the need for foster children to receive regular access to healthcare to promote good physical and mental health. That’s why our agency provides dedicated nursing support to address the health needs of children in foster care. 

Our Nurse plays a crucial role in ensuring that children receive timely medical attention, vaccinations and preventive care. Additionally, our dedicated Nurse also collaborates with healthcare providers to address any chronic conditions or specialised medical needs that children may have.

Empowering Through Education

Education is a cornerstone of a child’s future success. However, children in foster care often face significant educational challenges due to disruptions in their schooling, lack of stability or learning difficulties stemming from past trauma. This can result in the child becoming disengaged from their studies and can have knock-on effects for their future prospects. 

Furthermore, research has shown that care leavers at age 21 are three times more likely not to be in employment, education or training (NEET) compared with other young people.

Recognising the importance of education, Match Foster Care has an Education Lead to support the academic journey of every child. The Education Lead works closely with schools, teachers and educational specialists to address learning gaps, provide academic support and advocate for the educational rights of children in foster care. 

By addressing any educational challenges at the earliest opportunity, this gives us the best chance of mitigating potential negative outcomes for children. 

Providing Emotional Support

Emotional well-being is paramount for children in the foster care network who have experienced trauma and upheaval in their lives. 

Match Foster Care recognises the importance of emotional support in nurturing resilience and healing. With an in-house Therapeutic Practitioner, Match Foster Care offers a safe space for children to express their feelings, process trauma and develop coping strategies. 

The interventions provided by a therapeutic care practitioner can be crucial in helping foster children gain a sense of trust and develop their self-belief.

Our Therapeutic Practitioner utilises evidence-based interventions such as play therapy, cognitive-behavioural techniques and mindfulness exercises to support children’s emotional growth. 

By providing ongoing emotional support including through collaboration with our Therapeutic Practitioner, Match Foster Care encourages a sense of security and belonging for children in foster care, helping them navigate life’s challenges with resilience and confidence.

Match Foster Care – Here To Support You On Your Fostering Journey

In summary, Match Foster Care has a dedicated Nurse, an Education Lead and an in-house Therapeutic Practitioner, each providing support to foster families across their respective specialisms.

We are always in search of foster parents to meet the growing demand for foster carers in the area. Could you join us on our mission? 

Alongside our Droitwich office and Stoke-on-Trent office, we have offices located across the West Midlands. 

We’ll provide you with foster carer training and support in addition to the expert help mentioned above. Foster carers are also supported financially with a foster care allowance. 

Get in touch with the Match Foster Care team today on 01905 770 500 or email us at admin@matchfostercare.co.uk to find out more.