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How will fostering affect my family?

When deciding to become a foster carer, it’s important to know how it will affect your family and we understand that you want to be confident that your family are supported and cared for throughout the process.

Your own family will play an integral part of your fostering journey and will contribute to providing a stable and caring home for a looked after child. Each fostering placement will provide challenges to your family. Sometimes your own children may find it difficult sharing their belongings or find it difficult when a placement comes to an end.

Fostering also can have many positive effects on your children. Children who are involved in fostering develop strong caring and empathy skills, feel as part of a team and make friends with the children that come to live with them.

Although there are many positive effects of fostering on a family, we still offer comprehensive support, advice and therapy to ensure their experience of fostering is a happy and positive one. We also like to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements for their part in your fostering journey and include them in many organised activities and events.

As part of the application and assessment process, we’ll arrange for your social worker to meet any children in your family so they can discuss their thoughts and feelings.

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Supporting children and young people who foster

As well as support and guidance for children and young people who foster, our extended support services provide:

  • Foster carers’ children with easy access to the family’s supervising social worker
  • Contact with other young people in the area who are also part of a fostering family
  • Opportunities for birth children over the age of 18 to attend training and/or support groups
  • Paid respite to all of our foster families, to give you and your children in your care a bit of a break for agreed short periods of time.

If you’d like to discuss the fostering process and your family any further or have a question, please call 0800 434 6000and one of our fostering advisors will be happy to discuss your query.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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