Parent and Child Fostering

Parent and child fostering, also referred to as parent and baby fostering, is a truly rewarding way to make a positive impact on the lives of others. It involves opening up your heart and home to a parent and their child, providing them with the extra support they require. Your compassionate care and guidance can make all the difference, giving them the best possible chance of staying together as a family in the long-term.

Who will I look after?

As a parent and child foster carer, you will provide support to families who are experiencing difficulties with parenting whilst they are assessed and/or supported to try and resolve these difficulties. The aim is to ensure the child has the best chance of remaining with their family. 

While this type of placement is usually for a family with a younger child or children, this is not always the case. The parent or parents can be of either gender, and their ages can range from adolescence to adulthood.  

foster siblings playing together

Challenges and rewards

There will be times where the parent or parents in your care have made huge progress and are able to leave your home and raise their child independently. This means that they have overcome significant disadvantages and feel confident in their parenting skills. Ultimately, your support will have enabled a child and their parents to stay together, which is an incredible thing to do for a family. The placement may only last several months, but the benefits can last a lifetime.  


As a foster carer, you play an essential role in helping parents overcome obstacles and gain the confidence to raise their child independently. When they are ready to leave your care, it’s a testament to the positive impact you’ve made on their lives. You have helped keep a family together, which is a significant achievement that can have lifelong benefits. Although the placement may only last a few months, the impact on the child and their parents can be immeasurable.

Sadly, there may also be times where the child cannot remain with their birth parent/s. In cases like this, you will help the parent/s and child to deal with the outcomes this decision. We will be there to help you every step of the way, with 24/7 support from our team of experts. We will also be there for the parent/s and child, with a therapeutic approach to supporting the children.

foster child holds hands with foster mum

Interested in parent and child fostering?

Get in touch to arrange an informal chat with our friendly Carer Enquiry Team