Fostering gives a stable family life to children who can't live at home. Support is provided for the child, the foster carer and the family of the fostered child.
There are many reasons why children may have to be cared for away from their own families and most children return to their own family after a period in temporary care. A child needs a safe, caring home where they can remain in contact with their family.
There are no hard and fast rules about who can foster. You can be:
- single, married, divorced, or living together
- in a same sex relationship
- from any ethnic or religious background
- a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- employed or on benefits
- already a parent
- living with a disability
We'd love to hear from you if you feel you could be a foster carer and have energy, patience and are able to say goodbye at the end of a placement. We particularly need foster carers for school age children, groups of brothers and sisters and children with additional difficulties.
Enquire about becoming a foster carer
We'll contact you within 10 working days to discuss things with you.
A boarding out allowance is paid to cover the cost of caring for a child:
- Age 0 to 4 years £130.34
- Age 5 to 10 years £148.47
- Age 11 - 15 years £184.80
- Age 16+ years £224.77
In addition, some carers receive a weekly fee for more demanding, specialist types of fostering such as emergency care or intensive fostering.
Our Family Placement Team supports foster carers and provides:
- preparation and advice before you start fostering.
- necessary equipment, beds, bedding etc.
- support from your Social Worker, the child's Social Worker and other foster carers.
- the chance to join a local support group for foster carers.
- training opportunities to increase your skills
- medical, psychological and educational services support when appropriate