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About Fostering & Becoming a Foster Carer

Foster carers change children's lives for the better, for ever. How about that for a rewarding career?

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About Fostering

Fostering children is one of the most rewarding, life changing and compassionate things you can do. But, like most other things truly worth doing, at times it can be challenging and demanding. Becoming a foster carer is most certainly a big decision, and there is a lot to find out about and to think about before taking that first step on your fostering journey.

Nearly 63,000 children live with foster families across the UK. Those children come from all different walks of life and are in need of foster care for all different kinds of reasons. The people who look after them are just as diverse, and there is no such as thing as 'the ideal foster carer'. Every foster carer brings different life experiences, qualities and skills to the fostering role, and at Family Fostercare each is as respected and valued as the next.

What foster carers do all have in common is patience and committment, and they enjoy being around children and are passionate about making a difference to children's lives. If this sounds like you, then there's every chance that with our help and support you will make a great foster carer too.

Finding out more about fostering with Family Fostercare

Explore the links in this section of our website to find out more about fostering and becoming a foster carer. You probably have loads of questions about all kinds of things, about the day-to-day of being a foster carer or questions about your eligibility to foster for example, and we hope we will be able to answer many of them in this section. But if you would like to know more you can use our Ask Us a Question form, or if you are ready to take the first step in your fostering journey then simply apply online for more information. Of course if you would rather chat things over you can always call your friendly local Family Fostercare fostering team or call us free from your landline on 0800 321 3230. Either way, we'd love to hear from you.

What is Fostering

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Foster carers give a loving, safe home to young people who for whatever reason can't be with their birth family. Some children in foster carer need only a brief stay with a foster family before they are able to return home. More often though young people need long-term fostering.

What is fostering

Could you foster?

There are as many different types of foster carers as there are children in care. Foster carers can be married, single, divorced or living in a same-sex partnership. When it comes to providing foster care, every kind of cultural, racial and social background is as valued and respected as the next.

Could you foster?

What is it like to foster?

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Young people may be in need of a foster home for all kinds of reasons. But almost all of them will be feeling confused, angry, betrayed, hurt, insecure or uncertain about their future. There are very many more teenagers than infants requiring foster homes, and typically it is boys more than girls that struggle the most to find secure long-term homes.

What is it like to foster

The application process

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Your initial application to become a foster carer is the first step in the application and approval process, which can take around 4-6 months. As well as providing us with all the necessary information about yourself and your family the process also involves several meetings where we can discuss your application in depth, and your committment to and expectations of fostering.

The application process

Fostering allowances

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We know how hard foster carers work, and how much time and energy they devote to the children they care for, and we offer our carers generous allowances to reflect that. The allowance covers the child’s basic needs and includes something towards utilities and maintaining your home. It also includes a fee for the care you provide.

Fostering allowances

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Unlike parenting your own children, as a Family Fostercare foster carer you never have to go it alone! Foster carers are part of the Family Fostercare team, and that team is there to provide not only the mandatory supervision required by the local authority but also to provide practical and emotional support for both foster carers and fostered children.

What support do foster carers get?

Busting the Top 10 Fostering Myths

myths thumbDespite our tireless work to spread the message about fostering, unhelpful myths still abound about fostering and who can foster children. So we thought it might be time for a little bit of myth busting. Here's Family Fostercare's answer to the Top 10 Fostering Myths!

Top 10 Fostering Myths Busted!