WHO ARE YOU?
We are recruiting foster carers from all backgrounds and with a range of experiences. You can be Married, divorced, single or living as a couple. Female or male Have no children, children at home or children who have left home. You like children and young people Young people needing your care JMT foster carers work with young people who can’t live with their birth families for a number of reasons. They need time in foster families sometimes for weeks and sometimes for years. Their experiences often include living with drug or alcoholic abuse, neglect, emotional abuse or physical or sexual abuse. They may have experience domestic violence or parental mental health issues and have lived in an environment where they are highly stressed, unsafe and have no one to trust. They may have had to care for their parents or younger siblings in different ways. JMT carers can look after young people who have specialist or complex health needs and need lots of support from medical and or social work teams. We can also support young people who have no family in the UK and are seeking asylum. Any young person affected by disability, with English as a second language or who may be a young parent could be placed with a JMT carer.
Your job as a JMT foster carer is to accept the young person into your family. You need to be available and listen. Offer constant and predictable care. Be warm and clear about the rules in your home. You must have A room for a child where they don’t have to share with anyone else, Be aged over 21 at the beginning of your assessment Have the right to live and work in Scotland Patience, resilience, and a sense of humour Rewards for fostering Fostering is a really rewarding profession. The impact a foster carer and their family can have on the life of a child or young adult who needs to be looked after away from their own home is huge and lasting. The rewards for you as a carer are: Helping a child have a positive experience to grow and develop; Learning from that child and through training and support from your qualified social worker; Working in your own home and having time to plan and prepare for the daily tasks associated with being a carer; Welcoming a child into your family is a great experience for your own young or adult children and can have a positive impact on the whole family; You become more reflective and thoughtful as you consider what works and what doesn’t in the fostering role.
FEES AND ALLOWANCES
JMT carers commit to one carer being at home and available full time. This allows children placed to experience constant and consistent care. Carers are paid both fees and allowances monthly. The fees are the carers proportion and the allowances are paid with guidance about how much a young person requires for clothes, hobbies etc. Carers payments reflect the competitive market that fostering agencies work in and the expectation that one carer stay at home with a child and becomes a carer full time.
JMT have had some placements where a young person has been there for years and is very settled and carers have benefitted from working part time in the child care sector or gone onto further training. This would be discussed with you at the time of your assessment.
HOW LONG IS PLACEMENT?
A young person will have a plan that determines the type of placement they need. We provide placements on this basis to allow carers abilities to be matched to a young persons needs. Short-term placements range from a few days to 2 years and anything inbetween. A young person with a short term plan may be returning home or preparing to live with relatives. Long-term placements can are usually for young people where there has been a decision made about them being unable to live at home on a permanent basis.