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Could you give a foster child a home?

Have you ever thought about joining the 10% of foster carers drawn from the public sector; many criminal justice professionals? Or perhaps you know of somebody else who would welcome a foster child into their home?

Even where children have suffered some particularly painful experiences, secure well-managed and supportive foster care can make all the difference. 

Although only 7.9% of children in care aged 10-17 offend in any 12 month period, the need for foster carers able to offer the right guidance and support is vital. You could find yourself using the very skills you’ve acquired to have a direct impact on a child’s life.

This is reflected in the generous weekly allowances you’ll receive as a foster carer. You’ll also have access to, and work in partnership with, a range of professionals, including an allocated social worker throughout each placement. 

Our team of highly skilled professionals carefully match each child to a foster family, but the decision to foster a child always rests with you, the carer. 

Who can become a foster carer?


Foster carers are as varied in background as the children they foster. There is no upper age limit, and your marital status, gender, sexual orientation, and home ownership are all irrelevant when being considered as a foster carer. 

Most people are able to foster provided they can offer the right care, have the time and patience, and suitable accommodation. 

Supporting You 


A team of professionals will work in partnership with you, offering you training (when required), providing you with 24/7 support and an allocated social worker throughout each placement. 

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?


Initially, you might wish to call us to have an informal chat to find out more. Our experienced team can be reached on 0333 7000 035 or you can complete the contact form below to request a call back at time that works best for you. 

On average, the entire process, from initial contact to receiving your approval notice to foster takes between 3-4 months. 

The approval and assessment process is structured and includes an initial home visit, formal assessment, and a final fostering panel approval procedure. 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.