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hertsnessex Mon 07-Jul-08 16:18:44

Can anyone tell me if you are accepted for fostering can you be age specific over a child i.e. baies, toddlers, teenagers etc?

Thanks,

Cx

hertsnessex Mon 07-Jul-08 16:38:02

I meant FLOWER!

jofeb04 Mon 07-Jul-08 17:50:38

Hiya Herts,
A friend of mine fosters babies, and another only foster teens!

HTH

mummyBop Mon 07-Jul-08 17:59:30

Yes, but don't expect them to take any notice!

We were approved for two 5-10 year olds and got three different placements:
12 month and a 24 month old brothers
a 5 year old (but with some issues we'd specifically excluded)
A family who were 3,4 and 6 when we first met them.

Bop

hertsnessex Mon 07-Jul-08 18:02:47

blimey!!!

I guess it depends what is needed in your area and if you are willing to take children out of the age range preferred.

I wouldnt like to take on teenagers, but would love to foster babies, but I am guessing lots of foster carers love having babies aswell!

poshtottie Mon 07-Jul-08 18:38:16

Herts, I have also thought about fostering for some time now and I would prefer to foster babies, only because this is my area of expertise.

Flower3554 Tue 08-Jul-08 14:52:26

Sorry, herts only just noticed this,

When we first started, many eons ago, we requested babies only. We were told, in no uncertain terms, that babies were like hens teeth and they already had a list of "baby foster carers" so we would only get one if these carers were full.

We agreed then, to take any children in the 0-5 years bracket and this we did for many years. In this time we did foster a few new borns but our placements were mainly older children.

A few years ago I became increasingly tired of taking 2 3 or sometimes 4 older children at a time and not enjoying the process much, my heart is with the babies.

I had a long chat with my link worker and told her I would from now on be only accepting newborns. Her response was the same as above but I stuck to my guns and we've never looked back. We have almost always had a placement, we have 2 at the moment so as for my not getting babies pffftwink

I would say if you're just starting out it may be difficult to ask for a specific age but it depends how busy they are.

Hope this helps.

hertsnessex Tue 08-Jul-08 14:54:52

Thanks Flower. I really want to do this, and have consdered it for 2+yrs now.

I will let you know how I get on!

Flower3554 Tue 08-Jul-08 15:11:37

Please do herts, its a great "job" most of the time. Good lucksmile

poshtottie Thu 10-Jul-08 21:34:06

Well I made the first step today and called my local authority. Had a long in depth telephone conversation and they are sending out an information pack.

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