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Could you foster a child?

Have you ever thought about joining the 24% of foster carers with a health or social care background? Or maybe you know of somebody who would make a wonderful foster carer? 

Currently more than 8000 foster  carers are needed to provide vulnerable children with a safe and caring environment, temporarily, while they are unable to live with their parents. This could range from a few days to a more long-term arrangement. 

Foster children, like all children, will have their own set of behaviours largely dependent on their development, age, background and experiences. These children also have to contend with being separated from their families and friends. At the same time they could also be struggling to find ways to deal with difficult experiences. 

Whatever their behavior though, with the right carer and support from a professional team, their lives can be significantly improved. 

As a foster carer, you will be paid generous allowances to enable you to provide a safe, secure and caring environment for the children you foster. In addition, you will have 24/7 access to a team of professionals throughout each placement.
 

Who can become a foster carer?


If you have considered fostering but think you would not be approved because of your age, marital status, gender, or home ownership status, that’s definitely not the case. 

Most people can become a foster carer, if they can offer the right environment, commitment, time and energy to transform a child's life. 

Supporting you


If you have the capacity to provide a child with a home and a passion for working with and caring for young people, we would love to hear from you. 

As a foster carer, you would receive the full support of our fostering support team. Every child we place with a foster carer has a supervising social worker to help support the foster child, you and your family throughout each placement. 

A team of highly skilled staff take great care to match children with the right foster family, but the decision to foster a child always rests with you, the carer.

Benefits

 
Allocated social worker
24/7 support
Competitive fostering allowance
Regular training 
Frequent  home visits
Extensive discount scheme
Access to professional advice including accountant, legal advisor and educational advisor
Social networking meetings for carers
Support groups for birth children

How can I become a foster carer?


Most people considering becoming a foster carer find it helpful to have an informal chat initially. You can either give one of our experienced team members a call on 0333 7000 035 or you can complete the contact form below to request a call back at a time that is convenient for you. 

As you would expect, the assessment process takes a structured approach including an initial home visit, formal assessment, and a final fostering panel approval procedure. The reasoning behind this is to make sure you are aware of what is involved, that you have the correct support and accommodation in place and the skill set required to offer a foster child a home. 

There are also plenty of opportunities for you to raise any questions you may have, as we focus on a partnership approach to foster care.
 
On average, the entire process takes between 3-4 months, from initial contact to receiving your approval notice.