We are urgently seeking foster carers across the UK to specialise in unaccompanied and asylum seeking fostering. We are looking for people who can provide the support, guidance and care needed to help these vulnerable young people become settled in the UK.
Fostering young people who are seeking asylum does come with its challenges but it is also hugely rewarding as you start to see them settle into their new life in the UK.
In order to provide a home for unaccompanied children and young people from Afghanistan or any other country, you will first need to be approved as a foster carer. This process usually takes around 6 months.
The first step is to check that you fulfil the basic requirements to become a foster carer. They are:
If this sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you now. Please complete the short enquiry form on this page to start the process.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that most children will be aged between 11-17 – and a large percentage will be male. Unlike fostering a child from the UK, very little may be known about asylum seeking children when they arrive.
What we do know is that they will have experienced varying degrees of trauma prior to leaving their home country. They may have been separated from their families – some may even have lost family members due to conflict in their home country. Whatever the specific reasons, they will be arriving in the UK tired, vulnerable and possibly very frightened.
As a foster carer, your task will be to support these young people in their recovery of resilience, self-esteem, and emotional spirit by creating a safe environment and helping them settle into their new community. They will need your help to learn the language, the customs, and – most importantly – to feel that someone is there to protect them and advocate for them. You may also be required to support young people through the process of applying for permission to stay in the UK. In some cases, you may even need to prepare them to return to their own country.
We try to place children and young people with families where some of their culture or language may already be in place. However, this is not always possible, and we therefore need foster carers who are resourceful and will be able to facilitate the young person to maintain their culture.
We will work very closely with you and provide specialist training to help you support children who are seeking asylum.
If you’re interested in fostering refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, we will identify relevant training courses that will help support you in this role. We will ensure that you feel confident and culturally aware of the children’s backgrounds as this will allow you to better understand the young person’s needs.
Our fostering team will be there to support you every step of the way, giving you the guidance and help required to provide stability to the young people in your care. We offer 24/7 support, which means no matter what day of the week or time it is, we will be there by your side when you need us most.