Fostering in Western

When you join Foster Care Associates Western you’ll be joining a creative, child-focused team of fostering professionals that all work together as a team to provide the best outcomes for children and young people.

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Welcome to Foster Care Associates Western

Do you live in the West of England and are interested in fostering a child, or would like to hear more about what it takes to make those first steps to foster children? If so, then Foster Care Associates Western can help.

FCA Western is a stable and dynamic team of fostering professionals with extensive experience within the sector. Nurturing positive relationships with our foster parents is at the heart of all we do.

Established in 2022, FCA Western covers Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon, North Somerset, and Wiltshire areas, with a central Bristol office location accessible with great transport links and staffed every day for carers.

As the largest independent fostering provider for Wiltshire, we regularly receive referrals for new foster placements. Our expertise at matching children with foster parents means we have a high success rate for stable placements, with our small close-knit team working closely with you to ensure the right child is placed in your care.

Our services are in high demand across the region, which means once you become an approved foster family with us, it won’t be long before you’ll be making a difference in a child’s life.

So if you’re looking to join a fostering agency that has a strong family feel and localised approach, then please do get in touch with our team today to find out how you can change a child’s life.

By Phone

One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.

012252 55900

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Visit an office

FCA Western, Rombourne, 130 Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4UB

Benefits of working with FCA Western

24/7 advice service

Excellent ongoing training

Access to your local fostering team

Competitive payments

Local support groups

Local social activities and events

How do Foster Care Associates offer support

It’s our supportive and collaborative culture that makes fostering with Foster Care Associates Western such a fulfilling experience. The experienced team of fostering professionals will provide you with the highest levels of local support. You will be well looked after at our monthly foster parent support groups and instantly welcomed into our fostering family as we work hard to make sure you never feel alone.

Our participation service offers a variety of opportunities for our children and young people. This includes education and employment support and motivation, CV workshops, targeted activities, children and young people’s counsel (for both fostered children and birth children).

  • 24/7 local support: including monthly support groups for all foster parents across Western.
  • Team Parenting: a regional and national network of childcare experts who may work with each child or young person to look after every single area of their well-being.
  • Training and Development.
  • Independent advice with a FREE membership to FosterTalk.
  • A comprehensive events and activities calendar.
  • Online support: Access to a portal to read about everything that is happening at Foster Care Associates, plus access to incredible discounts on family experiences, shopping and restaurants across the UK.
  • Foster Carer Appreciation Day.

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Here to support you

Here at FCA Western we are a knowledgeable team of fostering experts who bring a vast spectrum of skills and knowledge. Our team work closely with local authorities and various professionals involved in children and young people’s care planning. This ensures that we do all that we can to enable our children reach their potential.

As well as 24/7 support from a qualified social work team, foster parent support groups, our therapeutic service offers therapeutic support for our foster parents to offer the best care possible to our children. All of our new foster parents are matched with a foster parent buddy at point of approval, with the aim to offer support in those early days and beyond.

We recognise the impact fostering can have on birth children, therefore we offer face to face training for the children we care for, such as first aid training which the children find useful in developing their skills. We also consult and involve birth children in our activities and events, as well as offering therapeutic support to your birth children through our therapeutic surgery should they request it.

Fun and activities with FCA Western

As a region we plan various activities across the year and try to offer as many engaging activities as possible, endeavouring to offer something for everyone. The most important thing for us is that we all have the opportunity to have a lot of fun together!

We very much enjoy celebrating the achievements of our young people, foster parents and staff. Our recent activities have included a trip to the aquarium in Bristol, an achievement award event at Brean Leisure Park, a climbing event in Gloucester and a trip to Studley Butterfly Farm in Swindon.

Our events are always popular and we encourage our children, young people and foster parents to attend. They are a good opportunity to meet other foster families have the chance to catch up or enjoy the support we can offer each other as a community.

One of the UK’s largest leading communities of children’s service providers

We know what it takes to reach the pinnacle of success in regards to delivering the best outcomes for children and young people across our community. 100% of all FCA, and the wider Polaris services are now Good or Outstanding.

We have achieved this by listening to our staff, foster families and children. If you want to join an organisation that takes pride in striving for excellence then contact our team today.

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Fostering stories

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Welcome from Julia Willmott, Registered Manager

FCA Western is an exciting new registration established in December 2022 covering the Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Swindon and Wiltshire areas. Our office is based at Aztec West in Bristol which is staffed every day and is centrally located for all foster carers. We also run local support groups for foster parents and activities for the young people in our care and their fostering family.

Although we are a smaller region this means we retain a personal family feel whilst being supported by the resources of an established company. We are a team of very experienced social workers and managers who have been with the company for several years.  Nurturing positive relationships and supporting our carers and young people is at the heart of all we do. We greatly value the work of our foster parents and work in partnership with them. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are a therapeutic agency supported by a team of therapists and our long-standing foster families offer peer support to new foster parents.

Western care for a variety of young people such as sanctuary seeking young people, sibling groups and older teenagers.  As a region we are motivated and excited to make a real difference in the lives of the children we care for.  It is a privilege for me to be the Registered Manager of the Western region and myself and the whole team offer a warm welcome to those who come and join the Western FCA family.

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