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About foster care

There are many reasons why people foster or become a foster parent, but the main motivation has to be the chance to make a positive contribution to the life of a foster child or young person in foster care.

Day to day contributions can be as simple as ensuring they have breakfast in the morning and a hot meal in the evening, but the difference this makes to foster children can be enormous. Making sure they get to the doctors on time for their appointment or that they take a pen to school can significantly improve life chances and outcomes for children and young people in regards to health and education.

By being the person who is there at key moments during their lives, to recognise and celebrate their achievement or commiserate in their failure, you are playing a vital role.

The journey from childhood to adulthood can be difficult and having a person to rely on to offer appropriate guidance makes all the difference – this person could be you.

“Fostering is creating a caring home for children
and young people, enabling them to develop and thrive.”

Providing a sense of belonging is one of the most important gifts you can give. Creating opportunities for them to form close relationships and to feel valued by others in society is offering a fundamental essential to any child or young person’s sense of well being.

If you feel you can offer this to a child or young person who desperately needs it, then start a conversation with us today and find out how you can make a difference.

What is fostering?

Find out what steps you will take on your way to becoming a foster carer.
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Why foster?

Help improve outcomes for children or young people in care
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Can we foster?

Discover who can foster and whether it is right for you
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FAQs about fostering We have put together a few questions that are often asked.

• What is an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) and how is it different from local authority fostering?

Local authorities are ultimately responsible for the wellbeing of all children in care. If the local authority is unable to accommodate a child in care, they delegate this responsibility to an independent fostering agency (IFA) like us. We work in partnership with the local authority to achieve the best possible outcomes for looked-after children and young people. The local authority sends us referrals for children from a variety of backgrounds that require different levels of support and care. All our carers receive comprehensive training and 24-hour support from our qualified staff.

• Can I choose the age or gender of a child placed with me?

You can choose the age and gender of a placement. However, you are far more likely to have continuous placements if you are willing to take teenagers as well as younger children.

• Can I choose how long a child stays with me?

You always have the ultimate decision on whether to accept a placement. However, as the duration of placements can often be unclear, you may need to take a flexible approach. We talk through the different types of placements with foster carers during the assessment period to help you make informed decisions.

• How much will I know about the children before they're placed with me?

We discuss every placement with you in advance. We will provide you with as much information about the children and their background as possible, including any difficult behaviour and how to manage it. If a placement is made in an emergency, it can be difficult to provide a lot of information. However, we always try to give you as much background as we can.

Explore Our Fostering Resources

FREE GUIDES

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Foster Carer

This easy-to-read guide explains what's involved in becoming a foster carer, from the first chat through to getting your first placement.


Your Step-by-Step Guide to What Foster Carers Get Paid

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