There are different types of fostering, you may want to try different types of fostering, or specialise in a specific area, such as caring for teenagers.
Before you begin to think about the type of fostering that is for you, you should take the time to understand what fostering is.
Fostering is looking after a child or young person who can’t live with their own family. This is after Family Proceedings Court decides it is in the child’s best interests to live away from their birth family.
When children in Sefton are made the subjects of Care Orders, Sefton Council becomes their corporate parent and can make decisions on behalf of the child.
All children are unique, so there are lots of different reasons they need to be with foster carers.
Some children may need to be looked after for only a short time until they can return home, while others will stay with foster carers for longer until they reach independence.
Children who are looked after face big challenges, they will need your love and support to help them through.
Fostering children will not be easy, but with patience and kindness you will make a huge difference to them. It could be the most rewarding thing you will ever do.