What Does Fostering Babies Really Mean?
With so many different types of foster caring, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. Being foster parents to babies can sound like the perfect option. One of the benefits is that they don’t come with the excess baggage and emotional problems that older children do. You can help them get the most from life by setting up stability in their younger years. But what does fostering a baby really mean?
Fostering a Child Under Two
Most of the time, you will be foster parents to babies and young toddlers; usually up to the age of two. Most of the time, the babies are going to go back to their own parents or are getting ready for adoption, so only need to go into temporary homes. However, temporary doesn’t mean unstable.
This can be extremely rewarding for foster parents. You will get to see the baby develop, often learning to crawl, talk and walk. You will see the major milestones that parents are so proud of witnessing. If you know that the baby will go back to his or her own parents, you may want to take photos and videos so the parents can see it firsthand.
Working Closely with the Parents
Since the babies are usually going back, fostering a child this young will usually mean working with the parents. There will often be set hours that the parents can come to visit and they are often supervised. You can also discuss the different needs and medical conditions that you find out about. The child’s social worker will be the main point of contact when there are medical emergencies and problems.
Foster Allowance for the Babies’ Needs
Babies often have more constant needs than older children. While clothing, nappy changing and feeding is often much easier to deal with, there are medical issues that some younger children have. Foster caring at this young age requires flexibility, time and a lot of compassion. There is a foster allowance to help cover for the possibilities of extra medical appointments.
There is also the support from your social worker and fellow foster carers available for when the baby goes home or for adoption. Caring for a is amazing but saying goodbye can be difficult. However, fostering a child under two is extremely rewarding and could be the perfect option for you.
Amy Parsons – Author