"Can I foster a baby?"
We hear this question a lot.
That warms our hearts because if there ever was a time when a young person in the foster caring system needed the deepest well of support, it’s when a teenage girl is expecting a baby.
For these vulnerable young mums, a mother and baby fostering network is the only thing that stands between building a future with their child and losing them to the system.
And, thanks to the much-needed foster carers in our network who seek mother and baby placements, those young mums finally have a chance for positive change in their lives.
The well-being of not one but two lives is forever enriched by these kind-hearted folks. For it’s their dedication, courage, and compassion that provides the backbone of the baby and mother fostering system.
Being a foster carer is rewarding on so many levels but there’s nothing more gratifying than knowing you’ve helped a newborn child get a head start in the world.
There are unparalleled rewards and challenges that carers experience when they open their homes and provide foster support for babies during those first crucial months of life.
You’re also giving both a chance to begin life anew. The opportunity to impact two lives — a young mum and her baby — is one of the special rewards of fostering a baby.
Your role in offering foster support for babies and their mums is two-fold. You will:
If you're new to the fostering world, you may not be quite sure of what’s expected of you. You probably have a sense of the awesome responsibility ahead of you so it may not come as a surprise that the application process is slightly demanding of you.
Here’s what you can expect:
One of the main reasons is that fostering agencies provide far better support systems for people who are new to fostering.
As a carer in the Perpetual Fostering network of families, you will benefit from a rich support network. Your support team consists of a diverse group of professionals whose sole focus is to help prepare you for your role as a foster carer:
In addition to a vast support network, foster carers who open their homes to a mother and baby are also compensated. Fostering allowances vary, however, so it’s hard to give a specific amount that you will receive.
Plus, fostering pay can vary from agency to agency. Here at Perpetual Fostering, we value the dedication and commitment of the families who open their hearts (as well as their homes) to some of the most vulnerable young people there are. We know it’s not about the money but we also know it takes considerable resources to offer this kind of support.
That’s why we provide compensation that’s well above and beyond the minimum foster pay minimums set by the government. In addition to compensation for covering the basics of daily living, we also provide a professional fee to help families give just that little extra that can make such a large impact on everyone — the young mums, their babies, and you.
To find out more, please give us a call or submit your info for a complete guide to fostering babies
If you'd like to find out more, including how to deal with the Panel Review stage and even more details on foster pay, please read our Ultimate Guide to Foster Carers Pay.What Foster Carers Get Paid Guide
We have supported more than 1,000 carers and children over more than 20 years.
We're committed to supporting the children we place and helping them fulfil their potential. Our foster families and children build such successful relationships because we're committed to meeting everyone's emotional and professional needs.
Whether you’re just thinking about becoming a foster carer or have many years' experience, we'll be with you every step of the way.