How can I help my child settle in with their Foster Carers?
The Foster Carer will be keen to help your child to settle in. You can help them by giving them lots of information about your child: their likes and dislikes, culture and religion, routines, friends, school, important events, hobbies, allergies and health.
We know how important it is for children to take some of their special toys and clothing with them to the Foster Carer's home. Please speak with your child's Social Worker to decide how best you can prepare your child for their move to the Foster Carer's.
When your child comes into foster care you will be asked to sign a form giving the Foster Carer consent to seek medical treatment for your child if this is needed. You will also be asked to give as much information as possible about your child's health and medical history. For example: is your child taking any regular medication, or does he or she have any allergies or medical conditions that the carers need to know about?
We take the health of children in foster care very seriously. Soon after your child is placed, an appointment will be arranged for a routine medical examination. Your child's Foster Carer will also make sure that other routine appointments (dentist, hospital, opticians etc) are arranged.