WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOSTERING
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 is 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.
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, show 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.
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.
You will get…
- Between £400 to £600 average weekly allowance per child
- Generous tax free allowances from HMRC so most income from fostering will not be taxed
- 24 hours support 7 days a week and
- Professional training from an Ofsted Outstanding rated agency
- The reward and satisfaction of providing a loving, caring home for a child to overcome their challenges to progress in life