7 Benefits of Becoming A Foster Carer
In an ideal world, all children and young people would be loved, nurtured and brought up in safe, secure and stable environments.
However, as we know all too well, this is not always the case, especially when the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, recently commented on the ‘rising number of children coming into care’, to which a record number of courageous foster families are needed to meet this growing demand.
For any family, welcoming a foster child into your home is a massive step, so it’s important that you take the time to decide whether fostering is right for you and the rest of your family. It takes great courage to even start the fostering journey, and that’s why we applaud and support each person who wants to change a child’s life for the better.
It’s also part of the reason why we’ve taken a closer look at the various benefits of becoming a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering.
1. Make a huge difference…
For most people, being able to make a positive difference to a vulnerable child or young person is the main reason behind them becoming a foster carer. There’s usually several, often complex reasons why children end up with safe and secure foster families, but with your support, encouragement and reassurance you can give them what they desperately need – love, care and attention. These differences don’t just last a few days or weeks, they often last a lifetime.
2. ‘A feeling like no other’
While fostering may initially be one of the biggest leaps of faith you could ever possibly make in your life, you’ll soon realise how privileged you are to be in a position where you can make lasting bonds with foster children that not only improve their life, but better your life as well.
Seeing a once timid, shy and unconfident foster child begin to blossom into a positive, hopeful and self-assured young person gives you a feeling that cannot be compared to.
3. Fostering is financially rewarding
Although financial incentives should never be the ultimate reason why a person applies to become a foster carer, we’ll be the first to tell that fostering with an independent agency like us is a financially rewarding prospect.
The competitive foster care allowance and various reward payments that we offer our carers based on their experience, will enable you to fully concentrate on being the best foster carer you could ever possibly be.
4. Receive generous tax relief
In addition to the various fostering reward payments and carers allowance, as a foster carer you’ll also be eligible to apply for favourable tax relief opportunities. To gather more information on how much tax relief you’re likely to receive, visit the HMRC website.
5. You can still work and foster
The great thing about becoming a foster carer with us is that we provide a great deal of flexibility, so if you’re looking to work and foster we can provide you with a number of foster placement types to suit your individual circumstances.
6. A chance to learn new skills
At Perpetual Fostering we’re dedicated to improving the skills, abilities and expertise of our fostering community with professional in-house training programs. Moreover, we also provide each of our foster carers with 24/7 support from our experienced team of social workers, right from the very start of the fostering journey.
You’ll have opportunities to communicate and converse with many of the other fantastic foster carers throughout our fostering community. We guarantee that they’ll never be a moment where you’ll be without the required advice and support.
7. Become an asset to your community
It’s certainly important to remember that when you foster with us you also foster from your local community too, so not only does the positive contribution you make as a foster parent impact the child or young person you’re caring for, it also impacts the local community around them as well.
You could be fostering children who go to the same school as your children or play in the same sports team as them. Ultimately, as a foster carer you become a tremendous and well respected asset to your community.
Regardless of whether you’re gay, straight, single, married, divorced or widowed, everybody has the same opportunity to benefit from being a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering. If you think you can meet our foster care requirements and would like to speak to one of our advisors, get in touch today.