If you are interested in becoming a specialised foster carer, we can provide you with all the information you require and fully support you if you decide this is for you.
We are looking for a number of fostering households who may be interested in children with additional needs or disabilities;
You may have experience of caring for an individual with additional needs already or work in such an environment, and we would encourage anyone who is interested to please get in touch and tell us about your skills or experience.
Foster children from Hull with learning difficulties as well as physical disabilities need that little bit more care and attention at home. As an Additional Need and Disability Foster Carer you will be able to provide a child with the support they need to reach their full potential.
One of the most rewarding types of care you can offer, disability foster care can help make a challenging life more fulfilling. Why should you consider fostering a child with a disability or additional needs.
This specialised and rewarding type of foster care will give you the chance to make a positive impact on a child or young person’s life most in need of assistance and love. Your home can provide the perfect environment for a child with complex needs to have everything they need to reach their full potential. You will never be alone in providing care.
The children you will be looking after would have one or more physical, learning or emotional disabilities, ranging from a young person with Asperger’s, to communication difficulties to a wheelchair user. We will work closely with you by your side offering all the necessary guidance and training you need to make a child have a happy life while they are in your care.
This kind of care is offered from birth until adulthood, and it can be short-term or long-term. You could not only be helping the children, but the parents too by offering them some much-needed rest, such as a weekend break, making this type of care that much more rewarding.
Disability Fostering Allowance, Fees, Training and Support
We recognise that we are expecting families to undertake, what can sometimes be a challenging task. In recognition of this fact, we pay a generous weekly fostering allowance for the child’s needs, plus a Skills to Foster allowance for you to reflect the needs of the child you foster and level of fostering you undertake. We provide informative training, covering all the aspects and knowledge needed to care for a young person with a disability.
You will be allocated a dedicated fostering Social Worker who will provide you with ongoing support. You will not be alone in caring for the young person/child but will work as part of a larger team who are always there to offer advice and support. Is caring for a child or young person with a disability or additional need for you
We don’t expect carers to have all the skills at the beginning – just the motivation to work with us and a comprehension of the complexity that comes hand in hand with the child or young person. Foster Carers need -
- patience, and overall the ability to give a child your time.
- commitment to work with children/young people so that they can achieve their best outcome.
- be open and willing to have regular training if needed.
- able to attend medical/educational meetings as required.
Ryan is seven years old and lives with his mum, dad and his two younger sisters. His home is a busy one with lots of activities, play time and walks with their two pet dogs with whom he loves to play.
He is a very sociable child who likes to interact with people, both adults and children. He is a very active and able bodied child who loves playing around and having fun. Ryan uses pictures to communicate which can reduce some levels of frustration and anxiety when trying to communicate things he wants to say.
Due to Ryan’s the lack of understanding of dangers that are around him, he does need a high level of supervision at all times. Ryan, like some children, can have a fixation with food which needs monitoring to encourage a healthy and varied diet.
He is a very affectionate little boy and likes lots of cuddles and one-to-one attention from the adults around him. He can sometimes display challenging behaviours due to the limitation of his communication abilities, and difficulties in explaining his wishes and feelings.
Ryan’s sleep pattern is irregular, sometimes waking through the night. He soon settles after being comforted and having a bedtime drink of warm milk.
Ryan has autism, and thus benefits from regular respite to allow himself and his family the time they need. He is a wonderful and caring little boy who is really thriving with his family and foster carer support.