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Can You Work and Foster?

It’s fair to say that fostering is a job unlike any other, to which the rewards and satisfaction that it brings you on a daily basis cannot be compared to. Being a foster parent is your chance to give a child a positive future, as well as a warm, safe and secure environment for them to develop as young people.

Here at Perpetual Fostering, we’re made to feel immensely proud knowing that our foster carers are brought together by their passion and determination to make a real difference. In fact, our foster family come from a wide range of different backgrounds and environments because there are very few barriers when applying to foster with us.

As an experienced independent fostering agency that supports, trains and motivates our superhero foster carers, we know that many of our foster carers are interested in knowing whether they can continue to work and foster.

Well, it all really depends on your individual circumstances as to whether you could carry on full or part time employment once a fostering placement begins.

However, it’s still important to understand that fostering is a commitment which gives you buzz unlike any other type of job, and you’ll be supported emotionally and financially by us throughout your placement. Even if you’re not currently fostering, we still feel that it is necessary to give our full community of foster carers access to the right levels of help, advice and training to ensure the best care and attention is always provided.

Can I still work and foster school-age children?

There’s some degree of flexibility if you choose to foster a child of school-age, and depending on their needs, you may be in a position to continue working, whether part time or full time.

As a rule, especially during the early stages of any fostering placement, it is necessary that the main foster carer must be available to attend meetings and support groups with social workers and other foster carers.

For anyone wishing to continue working full time, but is still interested in becoming a foster carer’s, then there is a variety of short term and respite fostering placements that are available.

We’re always on the lookout for new foster carers, and aside from the differences you can make to a child’s life, as well as the rewards you’ll receive in the process, fostering with Perpetual is extremely flexible.

If you would like to find out more about how you can work and still foster or the range of flexible fostering options that we have available, get in touch with a member of our friendly and dedicated team today.

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