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Could you foster a child who has disabilities?

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The Stockport Fostering Team are interested in hearing from people who could offer a fostering home to a young male aged 14 who has a diagnosis of autism, a learning disability and is pre-verbal.

The boy has made huge progress in the 4 years he has been in residential care and he has the potential, with the right support and right carers, to develop and flourish.

He loves water play and sensory activities and is very affectionate and seek cuddles and squeezes.

He enjoys outdoor activities, especially swimming twice a week and attends Manchester City Athletic Club where he enjoys running. He is eager to learn around his personal care and his own independent skills and loves cooking.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated couple who have experience in communication with pre-verbal children and are familiar with Makaton, PECS, Now and Next, visual communication methods.

Carers would be expected to:

  • Be able to offer 1:1 support at all times but when out in the community to offer 2:1 support to ensure his safety
  • To facilitate contact with his siblings
  • Have an understanding of his sensory needs
  • Live in the Stockport area
  • One carer must be able to drive
  • Work flexibility – work around your own family and work commitments

Caring for a child with disabilities can be a very rewarding experience - a child with autism or learning disabilities needs extra special love, care and attention. If you have experience of special needs children’s - your own children, your grandchildren, relatives or if you have worked in a SEN school - and feel that you have relevant skills and experience, as well as offering a safe and caring environment, then get in touch.

If this is something you wish to consider, get in touch with us today. You can contact us by telephone on 0161 474 3400, by email at familyplacement@stockport.gov.uk, or visit our webpage at www.stockport.gov.uk/fostering