Why Foster with us?
We view all of our foster carers as part of the team looking after the child or young person placed with us. Foster carers have fed back that they feel fully involved in decision making about the child or the young person in their care. This is especially important when considering who they are going to look after.
“The agency is very supportive, there is always someone there to help and I would not leave to go anywhere else”
Because we are committed to making a difference…
At The Fostering Foundation, we recognise that making the decision to look after and foster a child is a significant one, and whilst we are a friendly team, we pride ourselves in running a thoroughly professional business and one which has the welfare of the child and our carers at its heart.
People become foster carers for many different reasons. It could be due to wanting to give back to the community after your children have ‘flown the nest’ or for some, the decision to foster is the opportunity to stay at home with both your own child(ren) and foster child(ren) whilst enabling you to still earn an allowance – whatever the reason, they do share one thing in common – the need to provide a stable and caring home environment to enable a foster placement to flourish.
The Fostering Foundation is your ideal partner in the fostering community. We view all of our foster carers as part of the team looking after the child or young person placed with us. Foster carers have fed back that they feel fully involved in decision making about the child or the young person in their care. This is especially important when considering who they are going to look after. They also enjoy the peer support as well as the professional support from our dedicated supervising social workers (SSW).
Training and development is of a high quality and carers can access this in any of our three locations. The Fostering Foundation considers its commitment to supporting foster carers as one of the most important aspects of the work we do.
Support from the Foundation
When you foster with us, you’ll have direct access to a supervising social worker (SSW), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Fostering Foundation SSWs are responsible for a maximum of 12 foster carers and give day-to-day support through regular contact with you.
Your supervising social worker supports carers to ensure that all aspects of care for the child is met along with the child’s social worker to ensure that children are progressing in your care and that you are able to meet their changing needs. They will also ensure that you and your family are being supported to enable you to do this.
Your SSW will accompany you to professional meetings to ensure that your thoughts are listened to. We will ensure that the introduction between yourselves and the child that you are going to provide care to are as planned as possible and that you will have access to all the information available which will enable you to be in the best position to meet their needs.
We organise multiple family events throughout the year such as Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween Parties, Summer Party or BBQ, Christmas Party and others.
We also provide support to the children and young people by running activity days for them such as teddy bears picnic, rock climbing, snowboarding and trips to theme parks. This gives the young people an opportunity to talk to others in similar situations whether that is being in care, or being part of a family that fosters.
The children also provide content for and are sent copies of their own Fostering Foundation magazines.
We also offer therapeutic support to the children that have been placed with our carers to ensure that they feel safe and secure and are able to form appropriate attachments to their carers.
The Fostering Foundation carries out statutory checks on all foster carers to make sure that only suitable people can become foster carers which include DBS check, local authority checks, health and medical checks, and references.
Once approved as a foster carer we provide you with a high-quality training program to develop your skills as a foster carer. The courses include First Aid, Child Protection, Managing Behaviours, and we also offer specialist training from in-house and external trainers on subjects such as Attachment Theory, PACE, Therapeutic Parenting, Teenagers Workshop, and Internet Safety.
Children and young people who have come into care may have experienced significant traumas and it is important that our carers and staff constantly improve and develop their understanding of those issues to be able to support our young people and the families that are looking after them.