Lynne Thomas, Recruitment Team Manager
for Coventry Fostering & Adoption Service,
answers some common questions.
What is the difference between
fostering and adoption?
Fostering is a way of providing family life for children while they
cannot live with their own parents. It is often used to provide
temporary care while a child's parents get help sorting out
problems or when family relationships have broken down.
Foster children live with you in your home for a number of
weeks, months or even years, depending on their needs.
Adoption provides a permanent family for a child or children
who cannot be brought up by their own parents. It is a legal
procedure in which all the parental responsibility is transferred
to the adopters.
We are a couple from different ethnic
backgrounds. Are there any dual heritage
children waiting for foster carers or adopters?
Foster Carers wanted
A significant number of Coventry children in foster care are of
dual heritage, particularly White/Asian and White/Caribbean.
There are also children waiting from African countries and the
Middle East. At the moment there aren't enough foster carers
Future Families is an independent fostering agency,
or adopters from similar backgrounds to support these
based in Birmingham. We are a team of dedicated
children and help them to develop a positive self-image.
workers who are wholeheartedly committed to
recruiting a broad range of families, who are able to
Can we contact you if we live outisde Coventry?
meet the needs of children and young people of all
If you are interested in fostering you need to live in Coventry or
cultures and ethnicity in the care system. the immediate surrounding area. And you will need a spare
bedroom for the child you are going to foster. For adoption we
Future Families aim is to provide children and
welcome enquiries from people living outside Coventry but
within an hour's drive of the city.
young people with a safe, caring and nurturing
family environment. Placements are monitored
and reviewed frequently to ensure foster carers
I'm not ready to make a decision yet
are well supported in carrying out their roles and We know it takes time to decide whether fostering or adoption
responsibilities, in line with the agency’s policies
is right for you. Why not come along to our next information
adopted from fostering regulations.
evening and find out more. You'll be able to hear from an
experienced Coventry adopter or foster carer and talk to our
Our support to foster carers begins from the
preparation and assessment stage and continues
through pre and post approval training and is
Wednesday 4th March, 7-9pm,
included in the supervision process. Fostering can be
a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Would you like the opportunity to make
Wednesday 11th March, 7-9pm,
a difference to a child’s life? If so, then
we would like to hear from you.
Call us today for more details about the events or for an
initial chat about adoption or fostering.
For further details, or to speak to someone 024 7678 5577
about accessing our services, please contact
Tel: 0121 265 2650
Fax: 0121 265 2695
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