Asylum Seekers

An asylum seeker is someone who comes to the UK, often fleeing persecution, torture or war, and applies for refugee status. 

Until refugee status is granted, such a person remains an asylum seeker. 

Asylum seekers often encounter homelessness and face difficulty in obtaining accommodation.

Asylum seekers often return to their home country once the reasons that forced them to leave no longer exist.

They will remain the responsibility of the local authority until they reach 18 years of age.

Fostering agencies

Fostering agencies are looking for foster carers who can provide a stable foster home.

Asylum seekers need lots of support and encouragement to help them feel safe and secure. 

Youngsters do well when they are placed with a foster carer of the same language, religion and culture.

Foster carers

What kind of people can be foster carers for unaccompanied asylum seekers? 

You would usually have to: 

  • speak another language
  • speak English to a certain level 
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom 
  • have been resident in the United Kingdom for more than five years

Respite Care

All foster carers can be approved as respite carers

The service is available to foster carers where the plan for the child involves occasional short break care.

Foster carers may also request foster children have respite care because they, or the foster child might need a break to re charge batteries.

Also it might not be possible to include a foster child in holiday plans.

Foster carers who start fostering specialising in respite care often decide to become full time foster carers. 

Respite care

Children needing respite fostering can be any age from one year to 17 years old, but will more than likely be of school age or above.

People working full time may only want to or be able to  offer respite weekend care. 

Respite carers can provide valuable support by making a regular commitment of a few days a month. 

Fitting regular short breaks around daily life will become part of a child's life whether it is for holidays, weekends, day care or baby-sitting. 

Respite carers

Respite carers will work as part of a team with the full-time foster carers and sometimes with the children's parents. 

Respite is usually part of a shared plan to ensure a consistency of care in the child's life.