Types Of Fostering
Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking children (UASC placements)
These are placements which are offered to children who have fled their home countries to seek safety in the UK.
These are placements which are offered to children who have fled their home countries to seek safety in the UK. UAS children have often experienced or witnessed significant violence and may have lost close family members. They may have also experienced a traumatic journey to the UK. Their trauma is often compounded by finding themselves alone without family in a country where they may not speak the language. UASC placements offer safety and stability to children who have often suffered terrible loss, as well as consistent access to food, water, heat and education, all of which may have become sparse in their home countries.
Fostering UASC can often require foster parents to make use of tools such as google translate, visual aids and other means of communication. It is important that we take time to support the children to understand the cultural differences they may be experiencing, as well as take time to ensure they can still access the cultural norms, foods and places of worship they are used to. UASC foster parents need to be warm, understanding and adaptable.