Therapeutic Foster Care Page
At Welcome Foster Care, our ultimate goal is to help children reach their full potential and aid them in achieving a happy and healthy life. This isn’t always a simple process, however, and sometimes, a child or young person needs that extra level of support to get them through some tough times.
If a child or young person’s start in life has been a difficult and traumatic one, they may be left with emotional and developmental problems that can manifest as difficult behaviour or complex care needs. They may struggle to play or share with others. This is why there is a constant demand for people interested in caring for children and young people in these situations. By being part of a safe and loving home environment, these troubled children will be about to learn to trust and form caring relationships.
Therapeutic fostering provides that extra level of support that some children might need. It requires special training on behalf of the carer, who will then become part of a therapy team whose main concern is the happiness and development of the looked after child. As part of our newly developed Multidisciplinary Assessment & Treatment service (MATs), we will provide this specialist training and support should you decide you wish to take on a therapeutic foster care placement.
The introduction of this new fostering program allows Welcome Foster Care to provide you, and your looked after child, with enhanced therapeutic support and resources and means we can provide homes to children that more closely meet their complex care needs. As a carer on this scheme, you will be provided with enhanced skills and training in the therapeutic fostering field, while looked after children will receive direct therapeutic care from professionals – something which is often difficult to access through local child care services.
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So, as a therapeutic foster parent, what will you be doing on a regular day? The most important task for such a carer is to provide a loving home environment, somewhere that a child can feel protected and valued while also receiving the day to day support and treatment they require. If a child or young person has been neglected in the past, they may need special physical, emotional and social care in order to heal the trauma they have experienced. They may have difficulty forming relationships and may suffer from depression, be socially withdrawn and have problems with anger management and aggressive behaviour.
In such situations, a foster home isn’t just a home to a looked after child; it is a safe haven. With the special training and support offered by the Welcome MATs team, their foster parent provides the double service of a welcoming family home where they can thrive as well as a therapeutic environment that will help them along the road to recovery and personal development.
By becoming a therapeutic foster carer you will be making a huge difference in the lives of children and young people who are in desperate need of support and care.
Welcome Foster Care assesses all foster homes and carers to ensure that candidate suitability is assured and that essential training for therapeutic foster care is completed before any placement is made. A supervising social worker is available to work with foster families for all fostering placements.
If you’re interested in becoming a therapeutic foster carer and working with MATs – and have experience or willingness to work with specialist mental health services – get in touch with Welcome today for more information and to start your therapeutic fostering journey. We can be contacted by calling 020 3397 3332 or by filling out our online contact form.