When you’re in care, the options for where you live are:
- with a member of your wider family, like an aunt, uncle, grandparent or family friend
- with foster carers in their family home
- in a children’s home (usually for older children)
- being adopted
Sometimes children in care live at home with their parents.
Living with a foster carer
Foster carers are ordinary people who like to take care of children and young people. They are from all walks of life and have lots of experience of different things. They’re trained to look after children. They have to be assessed, prove they’re suitable and be checked by a group called the Fostering Panel. They are reviewed every year.
A relative or family friend may have been assessed to be a foster carer so they can look after you.
Once approved, they have regular visits from a supervising social worker, who helps them – and you – to make sure you’re well cared for and to deal with any problems.
A foster family will make sure you:
- are made to feel at home
- have adults who listen to you and spend time with you
- are healthy
- are safe
- have help at school
- get help keeping in touch with the people you care about
- get the chance to make new friends and enjoy hobbies and activities
- have fun and are happy
- have support growing up
Your foster carers will keep in close contact with your social worker and let them know how you’re getting on.
If you're in foster care and due to leave, you may have the option to stay with your foster carer. For more information view our staying put policy.