There are advantages and disadvantages for children of families who foster. We would expect you to discuss these at length with them and they will also be able to talk to a Swiis social worker as part of the assessment process.

Some children find it difficult to share their parents with other young people. In some circumstances, we may not accept families with children under the age of ten years as the child whom you foster often needs your sole attention.

Swiis recognises the important part that your own child will play in helping the foster child. We offer them training and a ‘Children Who Foster’ support group where they spend time with experienced staff and other young people in the same position. This group also arranges various trips and activities.