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Why foster carers are needed for disabled children

Why foster carers are needed for disabled children

Foster carers provide a nurturing and loving family home for children who are unable to live with their parents. Our supportive community helps to ensure that children with disabilities and complex medical needs can live in a family environment rather than in residential or hospice settings.

Fostering is a rewarding vocation and viable career change for people who can provide love, care and attention to vulnerable children.

Our foster carers say that fostering children with disabilities is the most rewarding path they have taken in life.

Why foster a child with disabilities?

It is so rewarding knowing that we provide a safe family environment for children who would otherwise grow up in residential care, knowing we can make a difference makes us happy.  – Christine, Foster Carer

Children come into foster care for a variety of reasons. A family illness, breakdown/problems at home, or a situation where they are neglected or at risk can lead to social services intervening to safeguard and promote a child's welfare.

Sometimes a parent may struggle alone or have an inadequate home environment to meet the needs of a child with disabilities or complex medical needs.

As a result of their life experiences, a child coming to live with you will need extra support to create secure attachments to you. Fostering Together will help and provide training and support on how to be the best foster carer you can be.

Although at times it can be challenging, our community of foster carers will tell you how rewarding it is caring for children with disabilities and how it positively impacts on their lives.

"Our quality of life as foster carers is so much better than before. We used to be incredibly busy all of the time, but fostering has enabled us to be at home to focus on all of our children."

Julie & Robin

Julie & Robin

Disability Foster Carers

Children currently living with foster families in the UK
More children coming into care in the UK every year
More fostering families needed across the UK


Of these children, around 14% have a diagnosed disability or an associated additional need.

Why join Fostering Together?

Comprehensive Support

  • Wraparound support and advice available to you 24/7.
  • Priority access to specialists and professionals.

Training & Development

  • Free training and development you need to carry out your role.
  • Bespoke training according to the care you provide.

Excellent Pay & Benefits

  • Generous pay and benefits reflecting the importance your role.
  • Earn up to £700 per week for each child in your care.

Dedicated & Caring Team

  • A team with experience in fostering, healthcare and education.
  • Specialists in disabilities and complex needs.

We Celebrate Success

  • Regular community events and celebrations.
  • Opportunities to mentor and support others.

Helpful Technology

  • Free tablet computer to help with your fostering admin.
  • Access to our bespoke FosterKit online system.


Discover more about becoming a  foster carer...

Whether you are new to fostering, wanting to learn more about this challenging and rewarding role, or an experienced carer considering transferring to a supportive provider which shares your principles and values, please get in touch today.

Leave your details below for a FREE fostering information guide as well as access to our 25 minute video presentation: Discover a Rewarding Career & Fulfilling Lifestyle Fostering a Child with Disabilities where you will discover a comprehensive summary of our supportive service and how we work with you to create positive futures for children with disabilities.

Free Information Packs

We are only able to assess families who are permanent residents of the UK. We are still more than happy to still send you information or answer any questions you might have for potentially in the future!