You are not alone when you become an approved foster carer with Foster Care Associates. As part of the wider FCA family of foster carers, children and staff, you play a central part in our organisation, and your views on how we work are really important.
That’s why we have a carer forum and a network of carer reps – so that the voices of all of our foster carers are heard, listened and responded to.
Carer reps are a local contact for our foster carers to talk through anything relating to their experiences of fostering with us.
There are reps in every region, and they meet with the local Registered Manager on a regular basis to feedback the views and experiences of local foster carers, and to act on the suggestions our carers make to improve our services for all carers, children and staff.
Then every three months, representatives from each of our regions come together at the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Carer Forum. They meet to share good practice, learn from each other and talk directly with our senior leadership team, as well as other senior staff, so that the experience of being a foster carer with Foster Care Associates is shared and understood right at the centre of our organisation.
The relationship between you as a foster carer, your supervising social worker and the organisation as a whole, forms the foundations of our relationship with you. And like every relationship, it must be nurtured, developed and worked on 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. So it’s really important to us that our foster carers have a way of directly influencing how we run as an organisation, which is why we have the forum.