Fostering in Newham
Welcome Foster Care is seeking people interested in fostering in East London. We already have a diverse group of fostering parents who are working very hard at helping children build brighter futures. At the moment, we are specifically looking for those who are interested in becoming a foster carer in Newham.
The local authority of the Newham Council is where the journey into foster care begins. It is the authority that removes children from homes where they are unsafe or neglected or subjected to any of the reasons why children have to be protected from their parent or parents. While the most common reasons for removal are abuse and neglect, it is not always the case. Sometimes, the parent is too ill to care for the child or has died.
The local authority then must find homes for the looked after children. Welcome is an independent fostering agency that works with the council to provide trained carers to fulfil this need.
This is why we have an ongoing demand for more foster homes. We need carers from diverse backgrounds and cultures – the Sikh and Muslim communities, Black and Afro Caribbean, Hindu and Christians.
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What assets do you need in order to be a carer? First, you need to have a spare bedroom. You don’t have to own your home. It can easily be a rented home. You need to enjoy looking after children and have the time and energy to care for a child.
Your age, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender are not factors. You must be in good health and available 24/7 for the child.
The length of a placement depends on each individual situation. Sometimes a short-term placement can develop into a long-term placement. Sometimes it is an emergency removal and the child is soon returned home to his or her parents or to relatives. You might have a series of young people or a sibling group placed with you while their family’s life is repaired or you might have a long-term arrangement for the remainder of their childhood.
This is a career where you make a difference in a person’s life. You open the door to a future that allows a child to have a good adult life. By being able to flourish in a loving home, with all the support and resources our team – and that includes you – can provide, the entire course of their lives can be redirected toward a positive outcome.
To learn more about how to become part of the Welcome team, such as what is required of you, the training, and services we provide, contact us. A member of our staff can discuss the application process with you. It takes three to six months during which time our social worker makes several home visits. This helps us get to know you and the members of your household. There are health and police checks too.
If you are ready to consider working with Welcome Foster Care, please get in touch. Contact us on 020 3397 3332 or simply use our online form.