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Children and young people with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable.

We have foster carers with experience and expertise in caring for children with additional needs including profound disability.

What is disability foster care?

The basis of fostering children with disabilities is the same as every other. Provide a safe, loving home for a young person. With disability fostering that young person might have special educational needs, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, or a variety of physical disabilities.

Could you be a disability foster carer?

As a foster carer looking after a disabled child you will have access to relevant training and information, and will be the advocate for your young person to make sure they get the best quality of life and education.

You must be willing to undertake training, and in some cases your home may need to be adapted appropriately.

It is not easy to foster a child with special needs, but it is hugely rewarding as our foster carers will tell you!

“We have been involved in in 6 placements and 2 of these involved children with disabilities. One was autistic, and the other was a little girl with a rare syndrome who presents with severe complex needs. To look after the little girl, we have, as a family, undertaken epilepsy training which involved a day session with an epilepsy nurse learning about types of seizures and specific training around administering emergency medication in the event of a seizure, for example.” Janet from our South East office.

“Caring for a child in care with global development delay has not been easy. As a new carer I struggled, but I make the most of my spare time and you adjust. You know you’re making a positive impact when your young person starts to learn at school at school and at home.” Heidi from Harrow.

“A week after my panel approval, I was offered the placement of a 12-year-old girl, G. She was described as bright but with global learning difficulties. Given my previous experience of teaching teenagers and supporting those with SEN (Special Educational Needs), I thought this would be a challenge I could meet as a newbie. G has been with me ever since and has contributed greatly to my family who all admire her resilience and exuberant character.” Liz from our South West office.