Fostering disabled children

We recruit foster carers for children with a diverse range of disabilities and complex health needs. Many of our carers have experienced having a disabled child in their family or have worked with disabled children as health workers, nurses, escorts, teaching assistants, teachers, volunteers. Whilst this is positive the most important thing is a willingness to learn, a flexible approach to parenting, an empathic and caring nature and a sense of humour.​

Click on the headings below to view more details about fostering children with additional needs and disabilities. Depending on the level of commitment you are able to make, you could offer:

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Our complex needs team works to support disabled children and their families. These children may have physical, sensory or learning disabilities. Social workers and Supervising Social Workers work with disabled children and their families to support parents and carers as well as offering new experiences and opportunities for the child. We already have over 60 children successfully placed with foster carers whose lives are enriched through this experience.

We are looking for people like you who have the motivation to offer some time to care for children with a wide range of additional needs including autism, learning disability, physical impairments and health needs. While we are recruiting carers for children with a range of needs, we would especially like to hear from people whose home can accommodate children who are wheelchair users (after adaption). For more information on caring for disabled children please see our Fostering disabled children leaflet (PDF 2MB).​

More information on the different types of fostering.

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We are also looking for carers with at least one weekend every 6 weeks to share with a child for a short break. Our short breaks carers offer a fun environment for the child; an opportunity to enjoy new experiences and activities, to build new relationships, be included in a new family, and increase their independence. The child and their family have a break with the parents feeling confident that their child is being well cared for. Our short breaks foster families often build strong supportive relationships with the families of the children they care for, and experience a real sense of making a positive difference.

In the words of a parent:
“It is the one time I know I can go out with my husband and forget about any caring responsibilities. We just have an evening out together and it really makes a difference. We know she is safe and happy with Angela.”

For more information on short breaks please read our Disabled children's short breaks booklet (PDF 1MB).