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What do all your fostering terms mean?

Here are some key terms we use when talking about fostering:

Care Experienced Adult

An adult who, as a young person, has been looked after at some point by the care system.

Fostering rates/fees

This is the weekly allowance given to foster carers as reward for their work and to cover the daily costs of looking after a child.


A private or Independent Fostering Agency.

Specialist or additional needs

A child with specialist or additional needs requires specific support, skills and experience to manage something such as a physical or mental illness.

Fostering Panel

The Fostering Panel is where you will find out if you are being recommended for approval to foster.

Local authority

An administrative body in local government, such as a council. Fostering Rotherham is part of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), who are a local authority.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

A DBS check is a record of a person's criminal convictions and cautions carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Mockingbird hub

Mockingbird is a model of support system for foster families and it comes in the form of one central ‘Mockingbird hub’, another foster home, which supports 6 to 10 fostering households.

Supported lodgings

Some young people need support when they are leaving care and moving on to living independently. Our Supported Lodgings Service is provided to help support them with life skills during this transitional period.

Families Together Scheme

Carers in the Families Together Scheme are respite carers who have a child for a short break on a regular basis from a few hours a week to a few days a month.

Learn more about fostering in Rotherham

If you have any questions about fostering in Rotherham, book a call back with a member of our experienced team at a time that suits you. All our call backs are confidential.


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