Fostering in London
Could you join the FosterCare UK team and start fostering in London? If so, we’d love to hear from you! You could even pay us a visit at our London office on Brighton Road in Croydon.
Becoming a foster carer in England’s capital could be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. As an independent fostering agency, we work with local authorities across the South East to provide high-quality foster carers when the councils own supply isn’t enough to meet the ever-growing need for foster parents and families. Even with the two groups of carers combined, however, the number of children and young people in need of new homes still outnumbers the number of available carers. This is why we need your help – together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children and young people in London.
So how can you start your fostering journey? First, there are a couple of things you need to make sure you have before you can apply to become a foster parent. You’ll need to be in good health and be over the age of 21 – this is just so we know you’re physically able to care for a child or young person in your care. More importantly, however, you need to have a spare room in your house as each foster placement in your care requires their own bedroom. A safe and secure personal space is vital for a successful placement and is very important in the development of any child and young person. Without a suitable bedroom, you won’t be able to take on a foster placement.
Once you apply to become a foster carer, you – and your family if appropriate – will be visited by your assigned supervising social worker who’ll help start the fostering assessment process. This four to six-month process will culminate in a meeting with an independent fostering panel who will make a final recommendation as to your suitability as a foster carer – though the decision to take you on remains with our team. During this assessment process, you’ll also be invited to attend a foster carer skills training course as part of our training and support package for prospective foster parents. This will make sure you have all the skills you need to offer one of the many types of fostering services provided by our foster team.
While money may not be the reason many people get into foster care, it’s still important to know that your new career will be able to support you and the children in your care. As a registered foster carer, you’ll receive a weekly fostering allowance. These allowances vary depending on the type of fostering service you’re providing and where you’re providing it, but it can be as much as £700 a week for specialist parent and child placements.
If you are interested in fostering in your local area, or just want to learn more about what fostering agencies such as FosterCare UK do, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our professional and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any question you might have or to help you start your foster care journey. You can give us a call on 0844 800 1941 or send us an e-mail using our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.