The different types of fostering

Parent and baby fostering

Adoption and fostering

Parent and baby foster care placements offer a home to a baby or young child together with their parent -most often the mother. They are also sometimes known as mother and baby placements. The aim of this scheme is to provide a safe, family based placement for a new parent who needs some support in learning to care for their child. It may be that the parent is young themselves and has not had an easy family life or support around them at home and lacks positive role modelling from friends and family. Parent and child foster carers provide crucial support and consistency that a young parent needs with reassurance, guidance and support during the transition to parenting. As a foster carer, you would be helping them to develop their own parenting skills and confidence whilst ensuring the child was in a safe, secure and nurturing environment

The foster carer does not necessarily provide parental care (except if required) but helps and encourages the parent to develop their skills- sometimes they describe this as ‘mothering the mother’ and can include help with how to care for the baby safely and help the baby to grow and develop.  The foster carer also has an important role observing and recording how the parent looks after the child and work with other professionals to identify additional support which may be needed in the future.

Foster carers receive support from their own allocated social worker and also work alongside the young person and child’s social worker in meetings and in putting together information which can help in assessing how the parent is able to meet the child’s needs, for this a good level of English is required. 

This kind of fostering placement is often an alternative to a more institutional mother and baby unit and usually results from a court referral, but not always. Placements generally last 12-24 weeks but may be extended if longer term support is required. The parent and child benefit from experiencing parenting in a nurturing family environment and the young parents gain tremendously from the support and advice offered by the foster carer- which at times can be the first positive experience of parenting and family life they have experienced. It also enables some young mothers to complete their schooling or to have a job.

Parent and child fostering, can be very rewarding but is also complex and challenging and due to this there are additional fees and allowances offered to foster carers who are able to offer their commitment to this crucial role. Parent and baby foster carers make a real difference to the lives of children.

Parent and baby foster carers make a real difference to the lives of parents and children.

Foster carers require skills and qualities such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Discretion
  • Confidence
  • Sensitivity
  • 24-hour commitment

Coventry urgently needs more foster carers, including parent and baby carers and we would welcome the opportunity to answers any questions you may have- there are information sessions happening across the city (details on this website) or call the team on 024 7683 2828 to find out more.

Together we can give children a childhood. It’s time to make a difference.

Fostering Service (recruitment)

Open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 2828


P.O. Box 15
Council House
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