Are you already fostering?

Are you already fostering?

Information and support if you are already fostering.

If you are already an approved foster carer, either for a private fostering agency, voluntary agency or another local authority, and you are thinking about changing then we would like to hear from you. 

If you live in 51¥, transferring to 51¥ is easier than you might think and there are many benefits:

  • children placed with you will be local
  • local fostering social workers
  • regular placements
  • the local authority will provide support around the clock
  • competitive fees and allowances which are paid fortnightly
  • quality training
  • specialist support
  • provision of foster carer peer support groups and forums
  • regular fostering family events

Fast track to approval

When experienced carers approach us we offer a ‘fast track’ to approval, as we know that you will already have undertaken relevant training and have an understanding of the fostering task.

We will evaluate the level of training you have already completed and may provide some refresher training where relevant, but you will not be expected to complete the ‘Skills to Foster’ course again.

We are required to complete a new Form F Assessment for you, but this can be completed much quicker, and we can gain a lot of the information we need by accessing references from you current agency/fostering provider.

If you would like to talk to someone about transferring to 51¥ then contact us today for an informal discussion.

Contact fostering

Interested in fostering?

Get more information about becoming a foster carer.

Foster carers training and development

Training and development of our foster carers from before approval to a varied programme of training for approved foster carers.

Guidance and documents for approved foster carers

Download useful policies and handbooks you will need as a foster carer.

Financial support and managing invoices and payments

Manage invoices, payments, foster carers fees, claims and expenses.

Foster Carer Exemption (For Fostering Agencies/Providers only).

30 hours of childcare for fostered children

Children in foster care may be eligible for 30 hours of childcare if it is consistent with their care plan and foster carers are in paid work outside of their role as a foster parent.

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