Fostering
Fostering

Transferring from another agency

If you are thinking about transferring to Lancashire County Council we will support you every step of the way so that you can make the right decision for you and your fostering family.

If you choose to transfer, as many carers are, we'll seek to make the transfer as smooth as possible.

Placements

If you have a child currently placed in your care we will aim to ensure continuity of care for the child and minimise the time it takes to transfer.

We always seek to place our children with our own carers wherever possible because it is often best for children to live locally to their families, friends and schools.

So by fostering for us, you are more likely to have regular, longer term placements as we have children of all ages needing homes.

We approve all of our carers for children from birth to 18 years and for a maximum of three children to allow flexibility (depending on the number of spare bedrooms in your home).

As an experienced foster carer, you may want to consider our parent and child placements which are challenging but rewarding and have enhanced allowances to reflect this. As an example, weekly payments are currently £556 for one baby and a parent or £912 for two young children and a parent.

Pay and support

We pay competitive rates and offer excellent support and training to enable you to do the job to the best of your ability.

Our foster carers have access to a locally based support team, their own social worker and a support worker to offer advice, support and guidance.

We provide out of hours support and a dedicated helpline staffed by experienced social workers.

Training is flexible to meet your needs, including during school hours, evenings and weekends and online training. We can tailor support to help you meet the needs of any child you are caring for.

We have clear payment tiers and agency foster carers may be eligible to start fostering on a higher allowance payment level. Our foster carers have the opportunity to progress dependent on experience and willingness to take complex placements and contribute to our service in different ways.

If you are interested in discussing transferring further call our recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 and they will advise you of the next steps.

Here is what one of our transferring foster carers said about his recent experience;

"I transferred from an independent fostering agency and found the process very quick and easy. As soon as I contacted LCC fostering service a social worker came to visit and as we were already carers for an independent agency the process was simpler and faster. After I became approved as a foster carer the social work team immediately matched us with three children who I continue to care for today. The support I receive from the fostering service is excellent and communication is good. I find that certain aspects of fostering with LCC are easier to manage than with the independent agency such as paperwork and recording is easier. I am part of a good support group and I have recently been made forum representative so I believe there is scope for personal development and achievement". - Duncan Sumner

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