Why Foster?

There are so many reasons to foster, and much like the young people we support, each foster carer’s reasons are unique.

As at 31 July 2018, 16,751 children in Scotland were looked after or on the child protection register. The Fostering Network has estimated the need for 550 more foster families to support the growing number of children coming into care.

Many foster carers tell us it’s always something they’ve wanted to do, it’s just waiting for the right time. Many of our foster carers wait, for example until their children are grown up and have ‘flown the nest’. If fostering is something you know you want to do, but are unsure whether the time is right, we’d be happy to chat to you.

At Kibble, our foster carers enjoy being able to give a child or young person a loving family. A place where they can call home, where they are accepted for who they are, and for someone to believe in them and want the best for them. To foster is to give a young person a childhood and happy memories that will last forever.

types of foster care

We provide a range of foster care placements to meet both the needs of the young person and the foster carer.

There are a number of reasons that a child or young person can come into care. This could be a temporary situation such as an illness within the family, or they may have a long-term need for foster care due to trauma and/or neglect. We will talk to you to find out the most suitable role for you.

full-time foster carer

This is when you have a young person placed on a full-time basis. For this type of placement, we would not expect you to have any
additional job.

adult placement carer

Adult placement carers offer placements to young people aged 18–25, helping them prepare for independent living.

full-time planned short breaks carer

This is when you offer flexible short breaks care to any of the young people within the service. You would not have young people all of the time and would be paid a monthly professional fee.

pro-rata short breaks carer

This is ideal for people who only want to do occasional short breaks work. You would only be paid when you work.

emergency short breaks carer

This role is usually carried out by very experienced carers who have a history of either planned short breaks care, or full-time care.