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Becoming a Foster Carer
What you need to know
Fostering can be a challenging yet rewarding task. Carers need to be proactive, flexible, committed and patient. More than anything they need to be willing to do their best for children that are placed with them. Foster Care Link is a specialist Independent Fostering Agency (IFA). We work with many Local Authorities to find the best families for children that need fostering placements. Our carers are closely supported with access to Supervising Social Workers 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We pay generous allowances, and one of our biggest strengths is that our carers feel cared for and part of a team working to achieve the best outcomes for children in care.
Who can be a foster carer?The most important quality we look for in foster carers in a proactive and positive attitude which will allow them to respond to the needs of foster children. We assess this through home visits and training. We also have a set of minimum criteria which all foster carers must meet:
- Applicants must be aged over 21.
- You must have a spare bedroom in your home and secure accommodation i.e. long term tenancy or homeowner.
- You must be normally resident in the UK and have a good level of spoken English.
- If you have committed certain crimes such as crimes against children, you will not be able to become a foster carer. Please note, you need to be open and honest when applying to foster. Most minor crimes will not stop you from becoming a foster carer, but if you do not disclose this in your application form and we later find that you have convictions, we may have to discontinue your assessment. All applicants are Criminal Records Bureau checked to an enhanced level.
- You must be willing to work with other professionals and have the commitment to attend training so that you can learn how to become good foster carers.
- You must have a commitment to attend training so that you can develop your skills as a foster carer. You also must be willing to undertake an assessment which will include a number of visits to your home by a social worker from our agency who will ask detailed questions about many aspects of your life.
What is expected from foster carers?
- Like children and be determined to put children’s needs first.
- Be willing and able to look after a child when they can't stay with their own family.
- Have time to listen, plus patience, tolerance, understanding and a real drive to keep the child happy.
- Be willing to work as part of a team with Foster Care Link staff, social work staff, families, teachers and doctors.
- Be committed to equal opportunities regardless of disability, race or beliefs.
- Have a flexible and open-minded attitude.
Because you will be…
- Taking on a big responsibility, caring for someone else’s children - maybe for a few days, weeks, months or even years.
- In-charge for their health, welfare and education.
- Caring for children who may have had traumatic experiences - for instance, neglect; physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
- Sometimes dealing with difficult, disruptive and demanding behaviour.
- Working with the child’s family and encouraging regular contact with them.
- Prepared for the child to go back to their own family when the time comes.
How to apply ?Please fill in the on-line form and we will send you out an information pack along with a preliminary enquiry form. Alternatively if you would like to speak to us please feel free to give us a ring on 020 8880 5387
Foster Care Link is an Ofsted Registered Independent Fostering Agency (No. 49096) www.fostercarelink.com Foster Care Link Limited, Registered in England and Wales, Registered No 4743655, Registered Office: 66B Cazenove Road, London, N16 6AA Tel: 020 8880 5387 Fax: 020 3609 4796