Fostering or adopting a deaf child
Fostering and adoption can be two of the most rewarding ways of making a difference to a child’s life.
The practical guide Deaf Children and Young People in Foster Care provides key information you’ll need to know when you start caring for a deaf child or young person. This includes tips about:
- Communication – dos and don’ts, fingerspelling and information about British Sign Language (BSL)
- Hearing technology – information about common devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants and hearing aid FAQs
- Sounds and how we hear them – to help you understand your child’s hearing levels
- Useful equipment – technology that can help at home and school
- Myth busters – six things you didn’t know about deaf children
- Further information – how we can help.
We've also produced the guide Deaf Children Who Become Looked After for care workers, to help residential carers and key-workers supporting looked-after deaf children in the first hours and days following a placement.
As a foster carer or adoptive parent, all of our family events are open to you. These events can help you to build your knowledge on childhood deafness, make informed choices for the child in your care and connect with other families of deaf children for friendship and support.
Another great way to connect with local families of deaf children and build a good support network is through our local groups.
We’re currently developing resources and learning opportunities for foster carers and prospective adoptive parents, to help them better support deaf children and young people in care. We’ll update this page with more as those new resources become available.
If you’d like to discuss specific issues around fostering and deaf children, please contact the Helpline.