Fostering
Fostering

Benefits and support

We know just how important foster carers are. If you foster with us, we offer help with the cost of fostering and support to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Here’s just some of the support you can expect to receive from us:

Training
Money
Supervision and advice
Support groups
Matching children with foster carers
Resources for you

Training

  • Our preparation course during the assessment process
  • Ongoing training opportunities to develop your skills

We provide specialist training like; promoting positive behaviour and relationships, baby and beyond, and men in fostering so you can develop your skills as a foster carer.

We offer training online and face to face at different times and locations, so you can learn at a time convenient to you.

Money

We have now increased the starting allowances for new foster carers.

  • We pay a weekly allowance to help with the cost of caring for a child
  • Our payment system rewards carers who complete extra training and show their ability to meet children’s needs to a higher standard
  • Additional payment for birthdays and religious festivals
  • An annual holiday allowance for each child
  • We'll provide any specialist equipment you need for children with disabilities
  • Opportunity to fast track onto a higher allowance after 6 months* 

We're happy to answer any questions you have about money, employment or our payment system and allowances.  Give us a call on 0300 123 6723 or complete our enquiry form to find out more.

As a foster carer you may be entitled to claim tax credits and benefits. You can find out more on The Fostering Network's website (external link).

Supervision and advice

  • 24/7 support
  • Contact with your supervising social worker at least once a month
  • Support workers based locally - so help is never far away
  • Out of hours helpline
  • Your own mentor for the first 12 months
  • Access to a nurse for your foster child

You'll get specialist advice on things like education or mental health when you need it. You may also be paired up with a buddy, an experienced local foster carer who you can phone for more informal support.

"When you have never had a placement before, or are expecting your first placement, it can be quite daunting, but exciting. I'm lucky to have a fantastic buddy." - Lorraine, new foster carer.

Support groups

  • Support groups near to where you live
  • Foster carers meetings
  • Social events for foster carers, foster children and other children in the family

"The New Foster Carer support group gave me the opportunity to chat to other foster carers in the same position as me. I learn new things every time I attend and am looking forward to the next one." - Lorraine, new foster carer.

Matching children with foster carers

Our social workers and matching team work hard to identify areas like shared interests, pets and hobbies that will help build a bond and rapport between your family and the child. We also recognise and take account of your skills and experiences. There are a lot of children who need a family each day so we need a broad range of foster carers. We will consider foster carers regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability or employment status. Find out more on our can I foster? page.

Resources for you

  • All the information you need to get started
  • A fostering handbook
  • Regular newsletter
  • Online guidance


*Foster carers must have a child in placement and be able to provide evidence that they meet the criteria to progress at their first review.

Get in touch

Interested in fostering with us? We'd love to hear from you.

Enquire about fostering

If you'd prefer to speak to someone then give us a call on
0300 123 6723

Support from us

Our current fostering team and foster carers tell us about the training, advice and support on hand for you if you become a foster carer with us.

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Fostering stories

Ryan has severe autism and learning difficulties. When he was first placed with his foster carers he was unable to speak which lead to regular outbursts. His foster carers took specific training courses to learn how to deal with his challenging behaviours and he is now thriving in their care.

Read Ryan's story or see all our fostering stories.