Where you live

You and your foster carer

What is a foster carer?

A foster carer is someone who looks after children and young people when they have to live away from home. You live with them in their home with their family. Your foster carers will do all they can to look after you. This means doing things like keeping you safe, making sure you have clean clothes and enough food and helping you to enjoy school and your spare time

Who can be a foster carer?

All sorts of people can be foster carers. They can be married or they could be single. Some foster carers have other foster children living with them or they might have their own children. Sometimes it is possible for a relative or friend of the family to be your foster carer.

Will I get my own room?

In some foster homes, you will have a bedroom of your own; in others you may share a room with other children and young people.

How is fostering different from adoption?

If your social worker thinks that you will not be able to go back to your family, they may start looking for a family you can stay with until you are grown up. This may be a family who can adopt you, or it may be a family who will foster you for a long time.

Do foster carers get paid for what they do?

All foster carers get some money from Children's Social Care. This is to make sure that they have enough money to pay for your clothes, food, outings, pocket money, things you may need for school and holidays.

You and your children's home

What is a Children’s Home?

A Children’s Home is where there are staff employed to look after you. The staff work in shifts taking turns to look after you. Some homes are quite small with only a few children, some are larger and others may have a school as part of the building. Most of them have a mix of boys and girls but some have just girls or just boys. There is 1 children’s home in York for young people aged 13 to 18.

What do Children’s Homes do for you?

The staff at your Children’s Home will do all they can to look after you. This means doing things like keeping you safe, making sure you have clean clothes and enough food and helping you to enjoy school and your spare time.

What is a key worker?

A key worker is a member of staff who has special responsibility for you. They will arrange things for you like seeing your family, social worker and doctors appointments. Your key worker will attend your meetings with you and will help the people in the meeting to understand your wishes, needs and point of view.

Young People's Meetings

Children's Homes should have regular meetings for all the young people living there, to make decisions about things in the Children’s Home and sort out any problems.

Other things about where you live

Rules

All homes have rules, they are there to help you and the people you live with get along together. They are a way of making you all feel safer. Your carers and social worker will go through the rules with you so that you understand them and there is no confusion.

Your personal belongings

You will have somewhere to keep your clothes and other things that are important to you. If you have anything of value you need to let your carer know so that they can help you to keep it safe.

Pocket money

If you are old enough, you will get pocket money. This is for you to spend on extra things for yourself.