Fostering children with autism and disabilities

1. The Home from Home Scheme

The Home from Home scheme provides overnight placements for children with autism. This type of fostering is offered to couples and requires energy and dedication. Most of the children using this service will be offered 24 overnight stays per year, although this will vary depending on individual needs. Home from Home carers will provide a total of 210 overnight stays per year in their own homes.

What you can offer

This type of fostering is offered to couples and provides 2:1 care for the child. You'll need to live in the Stockport area or within a reasonable travelling distance and be able to offer a safe and caring environment for children with autism. Experience of caring for children with autism would be beneficial but full training and support will be provided.

Find out more about the general criteria that must be met to become a foster carer.

Support and training

Home from Home foster carers will receive the support and training offered to all foster carers.

Payments and allowances

Couples are offered a retainer salary, as well as additional payments for each overnight stay provided. The payments include:

  • £37,800 per year, per couple
  • up to an additional £17,180 per year, based on 210 overnight stays

You can email fosteringstockport@stockport.gov.uk or call 0161 474 3400 for more information about the Home from Home scheme.