Fostering during the Coronavirus epidemic
Foster carers are key workers. Their vital work is continuing throughout the current Coronavirus epidemic.
Support for Foster Carers
We are working hard to ensure that all of our foster carers, and the children and young people in their care, are as safe as possible.
We are responding to government guidelines as the situation evolves and staying in touch with all of our foster carers on a very regular basis.
We are sending most of our communications directly to our foster carers but you can read some of our Coronavirus guidance for foster carers on our website.
Other steps we have taken to ensure the safety of our foster carers include:
- Helping foster carers and young people get tested for COVID-19 when it is necessary
- Making sure that foster carers have the supplies they need, such a infant formula
- Switching to "virtual contact" so that children and young people can remain in touch with their birth families where appropriate
- Supporting foster carers through a hardship fund if their household needs additional financial support
Can I still apply to be a foster carer?
Yes! We still need foster carers and we have adapted our recruitment process to make it as safe as possible for our applicants. For example we now carry out our home visits virtually, instead of in person.