Fostering agencies are not all the same, they have different pay, quality of training, access to respite care and carer support groups.
Not all agencies foster babies, some prefer to look after teenagers, some agencies expect you to be at home full time, others are happy if you have another job.
Do you choose a national agency or local one?
Independent Fostering Agencies provide a specialist service to local authorities who, because of demands placed on their resources, are unable to provide their own carers for all the children in their care.
We save you time and frustration by helping you to make the right choice of agency first time, and to go on to have a successful fostering career.
Using the information you give us, a social worker will check the list of agencies on our UK Fostering Children Agency Database who are likely to be the best match for you and your family
If you proceed to assessment we will remain available for you to contact to answer questions about the assessment process and to provide impartial and qualified professional advice and support.
The year on year shortage of foster placements in the UK is being compounded by social workers being more prepared to apply to the courts for the authority to remove children from dysfunctional or abusive parents.
The increasing numbers of children coming into care suggests that social workers are being more proactive, probably based on their new found confidence that their managers are more prepared to back their decisions due to the number of cases of abuse and child deaths at the hands of their carers and regardless of putting more pressure on the looked after care system, consequently saving more children from on-going abuse and it’s lifelong effects.
Research finds that about 50% of children discharged from care to their natural parents experience break down in family relationships again causing another episode of care.
The most common reason is that not enough preventative work had been completed and the reasons which led to the child coming into care in the first place had not been addressed.
Fostering children is promoted as career path by fostering providers and so it should be. Let’s just make sure that foster carers who are one of our most valuable and cost effective child care resources, can really benefit, both in their personal development and financial security, from the efforts they make whilst working on our behalf in their chosen ‘career’.
We are a free Fostering Agency matching service managed by qualified social workers with over 30 years experience.
We save you time, frustration and potentially costly mistakes by matching you with the Agencies who best meet your situation and requirements.
We search our Simply Fostering Agencies Database which contains national and local agencies who we recommend based on their quality of service and foster carers support packages.
Here at Simply Fostering, you will also find lots of information about fostering, and if you want to take the next step, we will help you to become a foster carer.
Every day in the UK there are around eight thousand vacancies for new carers. This shortfall reduces the chances of finding the most suitable carers for children.
Poorly matched placements suffer more problems and placement breakdowns. Any increase in carer numbers would improve children's chances of successful futures.
All carers are paid to care for foster children.On average, Independent Agencies pay on average a basic weekly fostering allowance and fee of £380 per week for all ages of foster children. Unless carers receive over fifty thousand pounds a year, payments are usually not taxed and any Benefits they receive are generally not affected.
Change your life and make a difference - Become a foster carer.
If you have a sincere interest in looking after children and/or young people, would like to work from home and are looking for a job that will fit around your family commitments, fostering children can be the ideal solution so contact us today.
As a foster carer, the support provided by your fostering agency should be about you being given the knowledge to be a skilful and confident carer who provides the best care for the children you look after and who enjoys being a foster carer. The best agencies are in regular contact with you, both by phone and visits to your home to discuss any concerns you might have and for you to be able to get extra support if necessary.
All agencies will claim to deliver 24 hour support, seven days a week, 365 days per year, but the quality and what is on offer varies.
All Fostering agencies operate a fostering support system and when needed, all carers can access the duty social worker, a senior social worker or often a Regional Director depending on the nature of the situation or emergency.
It's a good idea to ask to speak to foster carers from the agencies you have contacted, and to ask them what the support is really like and any examples of how it has worked for them or if they have been let down.
Fostering agency support should also include Carer Support Groups; when agencies arrange groups of carers to meet to share experiences and to offer mutual support. These groups vary in their usefulness but properly organised and run, these groups are an invaluable resource for foster carers.
Some agencies will also run specialist support groups which include Men who Foster and Children who Foster for the birth children of carers, who also have a part to play in the fostering task.
The best fostering agencies understand that support groups are invaluable and they fund and support them properly because they are a great forum for carers and for allowing agencies to understand what issues currenty concern foster carers, enabling them to react in the best way. Most agencies will also have a calendar of social events for foster carers and the looked after children.
We hope that you have found this useful and that it has given you a better insight about how to find out if an agency is right for and your family.
Hopefully you will decide to take the next step and if so, we at Simply Fostering look forward to helping you to make the right choices and if you proceed, we would like to thank you for becoming a foster carer and for helping the most vulnerable children in our society.
Children need foster care for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is not possible for children to remain with their families.
Foster carers offer children a lot more than a welcoming home, they offer security at a time when a child may feel at their most vulnerable. They support children in their education health and social well-being. There are ten thousand vacancies for new foster carers.
We strongly suggest you take the Government's advice to 'contact more than one Agency if you are interested in a fostering career'.
We are not an Agency. Our qualified social workers find you the best agencies on our Database, saving you time and increasing your chance of making the right choice. We help you to care.
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