Choosing the right agencies – About 15% of foster carers give up fostering or transfer between Fostering Agencies every year because the foster carer’s relationship with their Agency or Local Authority has become problematic.
Most often the cause can be traced back to the foster carer not comparing the services other Fostering Agencies had to offer and therefore the services that would have suited them best, before making an application to foster.
Although foster carers are deemed as self-employed, unless there are certain circumstances, a foster carer can only foster for the Fostering Agency who holds their approval.
Importantly, transferring to another Fostering Agency means that the foster carer would need to go through the same assessment process all over again.
The Government and national fostering institutions recommend that people interested in fostering should contact more than one fostering agency when they make their first enquiries about fostering.
Fostering Agencies : Why?
Fostering agencies are not all the same, they have different pay and conditions, social worker support, quality of training, access to respite and foster carer support groups.
Some specialise in looking after babies, some specialise in teenagers, some agencies expect you to be at home full time, others are happy if you continue to work. There are both local and national agencies to choose from.
There are over seven hundred Independent Fostering Agencies and Local Authorities and Trusts providing fostering and adoption services accross the UK.
Fostering Agencies – Fostering help
Along with comprehensive information on the web site, Simply Fostering provides a free UK fostering agency matching service service for people interested in becoming foster carers, helping people to make the right choice of fostering agency first time, and to go on to have a successful fostering career
Using the information provided in the enquiry form, a qualified social worker finds the fostering agencies on their UK Agency Database who are likely to be the best match and who have vacancies for new foster carers.
The chosen agencies will send out information within 5 days of receiving the enquiry from Simply Fostering, outlining who they are, how they work, and what they have to offer prospective foster carers.
Contact us to apply to foster children.
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Fostering Agencies are looking for committed adults who can find room in their hearts and in their homes for children who cannot stay with their own family.
Here at Foster Care News, our hope is that by advertising the need for more foster carers we can encourage people to consider a career as a foster carer.
Families who foster share the belief that every child who needs it, must have the chance to feel cared for in a secure and loving family whilst their future is decided.
Here at Foster Care News you can find useful information about how to foster children, fostering allowances, short and long term fostering and how to find the right fostering agencies.
Use our free Foster Care News UK : Carer Enquiry – Fostering Agency Matching Service to find the best Fostering Agencies with vacancies where you live.
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