Northern Ireland – Children in Foster Care

  • Gov Leglislation
  • Author:Department of Health
  • Published:2021
  • Country: Northen Ireland

Children in foster care

Foster Care is when a child is placed by a Health and Social Care Trust, or by its parents (or those with parental responsibility), with another person who is not related to the child. Fostering provides children who cannot live with their own families for whatever reason with alternative care where they can benefit from a loving, safe and stable home for as long as they need it.

Legislation

The current legislative framework for foster care is set out within:

Guidance

Guidance for Health and Social Care professionals on foster care is set out within;

Standards

Foster care allowances

Health and Social Care Trusts pay foster care allowances as agreed annually with the Health and Social Care Board. The allowances are in line with national minimum rates in England. These standard rates of foster care, care allowances are known as the Model Scheme.

 

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