Fostering A Child In The UK
Fostering a child is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It’s a fantastic opportunity to give a child or young person the fresh, positive start they need. When you become a foster parent with us, you’re supported every step of the way. You’ll always have the help, training and encouragement you need to change a child or young person’s life.
Why Foster A Child
There is nothing more gratifying that knowing you are playing a pivotal role in shaping a child’s future. Not only can fostering transform your life, but you’ll be making a difference that lasts lifetime to a vulnerable child or young person.
Although not always easy, fostering is a life-changing experience; you’ll be helping look after a child or young person who may have experienced neglect or abuse, they may have been in family situations where their welfare is threatened or they have faced loss and separation. You’ll be there to offer a safe and secure environment and be a positive role model to help them reach their full potential.
Why Choose Foster Care Associates To Foster A Child?
A Foster care specialist with over 25 years’ experience and a strong UK-wide presence, here at FCA we offer the best support available to enable you to be the best foster parent you can be. By starting your fostering journey with us, you’re joining our family, and we’ll look after you as one of our own.
Not only will you have access to first class training and development helping you every step of the way, but you’ll also have access to our generous allowances and our online rewards platform offering discounts across hundreds of different retailers.
We have an excellent foster-parent-to-social worker ratio which is one of the reasons why we’re able to give you, your family and your foster child the highest quality of care. But you don’t just benefit from help from childcare experts. We also hold regular local support groups for foster parents to talk to each other, share their experiences, and give advice and moral support. Not only that, but you’ll be able to access a fun-filled calendar of community events where you can meet staff and other foster parents.
- 24/7 local support.
- Excellent ongoing training and development
- Regular support groups
- Extended support network
- A generous fostering allowance
- Access to a rewards platform
“If things get too challenging, we have excellent support from our social worker. She always takes the time to listen and talk through any issues that arise.” - FCA Foster Parent.
“I’ve been an FCA representative for four years now. The love and support among foster parents has been inspirational.” – FCA Foster Parent.
Benefits Of Fostering A Child
Did you know that approximately 30,000 children come into care each year? To give a home to just one child is an amazing opportunity and will give them the fresh start they need.
Benefits of fostering a child include:
- A chance to make a real difference is the lives of children
- A positive bonding experience
- Ongoing training and development
- Financial rewards, including generous tax relief
Your Responsibilities As A Foster Parent
The role of the foster parent is to create a safe, warm and nurturing home where a child can thrive.
Often due to the child’s difficult background, fostering requires patience and understanding where you build feelings of trust and confidence.
There are some other key responsibilities including:
- Helping a child form healthy and secure attachments
- Support their education, taking an active role in their learning and development
- Teaching them necessary life skills
- Working alongside other professionals to ensure the child has support in their health and wellbeing.
- Give them enriching experiences such as days-out and holidays
- Manage sometimes challenging behaviours
- Facilitate contact with the child’s birth family (if appropriate)
- Attend appointments and meetings, record behaviour and monitor progress
- Take part in training to improve your own skills
How To Foster A Child In The UK
You don’t need any qualifications. To be a great foster parent, you just need to be able to give a vulnerable child or young person a safe and loving home to grow up in. Just as the children we place are all different, so are our foster parents. We work with thousands of amazing foster parents from all walks of life, regardless of their relationship status, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, age, gender, income or number of birth children. To become a foster parent you do need the following:
- You need a spare room
- You need to be over 21
- Have the legal right to work in the UK
If you match the above criteria, enquire online to make the first step in your fostering journey.
With an initial chat over the phone first to get to know you and your circumstances, your application may then process to a home visit, followed by a fostering assessment, preparation training and then the final step, being invited to attend an independent fostering panel to review your assessment and confirm whether you have been successful.
Find out more about how to become a foster parent.
Types Of Fostering Placements
The range of fostering placement options you can choose from reflects the different reasons why children and young people need fostering. It means each child gets the specific care they need, and you can make the best use of your specific skills.
This can range from short term fostering, where families are unable to look after children for a particular time - anything from one night to a few months, to long-term fostering; where you’ll give a child or young person a stable home for the foreseeable future. Perhaps even until they’re an adult and ready to leave home.
Find out more about the different types of fostering.
Fostering In Your Local Area
One of the country’s largest and most experienced independent fostering agencies, FCA covers the whole of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But just because we are large doesn’t mean we are impersonal. With nine local offices, your local FCA can give you all the support you need.
Get in touch
Whether you’re ready to start your journey or just want to chat, contact our fostering team today and we'll answer all your questions.