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What do New Routes' foster carers do?

New Routes' foster carers are ordinary people who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to provide care to other people’s children.

Some children or young people need to live in foster care for a short period of time, whilst others need a home for a longer period. Some children cannot return home to live with their parents and they move from the foster carer’s home to adoptive families.

New Routes' foster carers offer a safe and secure home where children or young people feel valued, respected and cared for and enable each child or young person to reach their full potential. Foster carers take a close interest in the lives of the children or young people, setting appropriate boundaries, teaching them how to behave whilst understanding and appreciating the uniqueness, special qualities and talent of each child or young person.

When children or young people have to live in foster care, they do not forget about their parents and extended family. Foster carers are likely to have contact with birth parents and extended family members.

As a New Routes' foster carer you will also have contact with a number of professionals involved in the child or young person’s life such as social workers, health and education professionals, as together we are the team around the child or young person.

There is an opportunity to learn more about what foster carers do before making a commitment by participating in a pre-approval training course.