Fostering and My Family

Enhancing family life for those who already have children

Foster family having fruit

A family decision from the start

The children of foster carers play an integral role in the whole fostering experience – helping others to settle and forming important relationships.

A child’s perspective on fostering

This short video is a great way to hear the views of some of our Swiis children who foster and how being part of a fostering family has transformed their lives as well as the ones warmly welcomed into their care.

of foster carers had children of their own when they were approved – Fostering Network

Let them play their part

Fostering involves everyone in the family. It is vital that your children play a key role in the decision to foster and that you take plenty of time to discuss what it will mean for them.

From the initial decision to foster, to welcoming children and young people into their home, the children of foster carers play an integral role in the whole experience. They can play a big part in helping others to settle in their family home and can often form lasting relationships.

Swiis is here to help

There for your family when you start to consider fostering

We provide a guide for all children, young people and their families. This gives you all the information you need about fostering with Swiis, the service we offer and useful contact numbers. We have worked closely with children and young people to develop two dedicated guides for families choosing to foster – one specifically for teenagers and one for younger children.

Swiis will ensure we take time to listen to your children, from the first time we visit you. It is important they can talk to us independently, tell us how they feel and discuss whether they support your decision to foster.
Remember, all our carers benefit from comprehensive training, both pre and post approval and our thorough, competence based assessment process helps to ensure the best possible matches.

Looking after ‘Children who foster’

Swiis ensure we put time and effort into supporting birth families and we have groups for foster carers’ own children who meet up regularly to talk about their experience as a ‘child that fosters’. We also organise fun days out and gatherings for these children which promote an opportunity for sharing understanding and experiences .

What is the impact of fostering

Start Your Fostering Journey

With thousands of children coming into foster care in the UK everyday, we urgently need foster carers more than ever.

Father and foster child fishing

Refer a Friend

Do you know anyone who would be a fantastic foster carer who has the skills and compassion to support a child or young person in need of a loving home?

Boys celebrating soccer goal