Becoming a foster carer comes with emotional, professional, and financial benefits. If you’re eligible and interested you could make a big difference in a childs life & receive up to £400 a week. Register your interest here.
Despite over 70,000 foster carers currently residing in the UK, estimates suggest that roughly 10,000 more are needed to meet demand.
Over the past few years, various foster service has faced several challenges, with more people leaving the system than joining it. Growing economic pressures also see more children requiring support from the foster care system and the lack of awareness of the benefits of becoming a foster carer means that fewer people are applying.
However, there are many benefits to becoming a foster carer, and the rise of independent fostering agencies means that both professional and financial support is more readily available than ever.
Who can become a foster carer?
In the UK, there are some general requirements that individuals or couples must meet in order to become foster carers. These requirements include:
- Age: You must be over 21 years old to become a foster carer.
- Residence: You must be a legal resident of the UK.
- Housing: You must have a spare bedroom that is available for the foster child to use.
- Health: You must be in good physical and mental health.
- Criminal Record: You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure you don’t have a criminal record that would prevent you from fostering.
- Experience: Previous experience in childcare or working with children is not always necessary, but it can be helpful.
- Attitude: You must be patient, understanding, and willing to work as part of a team with social workers, teachers, and other professionals involved in the care of the child.
The specific requirements and process for becoming a foster carer can vary slightly depending on the local authority or fostering agency you work with. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, use the contact form at the end of this article.
How much do Foster Carers get paid?
On average, foster carers can expect to receive between £150 and £400 per week, per child. However, this amount can vary depending on the factors mentioned above. In addition to the allowance, foster carers may also be eligible for additional payments, such as a “skills payment” to recognize their level of experience and training.
What’re the benefits of becoming a foster carer?
Becoming a foster carer can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, both for the foster child and for the carer themselves. Some of the benefits of becoming a foster carer include:
Making a difference in a child’s life: By providing a safe and stable home for a child who has experienced trauma or disruption, foster carers can make a positive impact on the child’s life and help them to thrive.
Learning new skills: Fostering can require a range of skills, including communication, problem-solving, and resilience. Foster carers can develop these skills and gain valuable experience that can be applied to other areas of their life.
Building relationships: Fostering can involve working closely with social workers, teachers, and other professionals, as well as with the child’s birth family. This can provide an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and connections.
Support and training: Foster carers typically receive training and support from their fostering agency or local authority, including access to support groups and training courses to help them develop their skills.
Financial compensation: As mentioned earlier, foster carers receive an allowance to cover the costs of caring for a foster child. This can provide financial stability and flexibility, and may enable carers to reduce their work hours or take time off work to focus on fostering.
Overall, becoming a foster carer can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience that can make a real difference in the lives of children and young people in need of care and support.
Have you considered fostering? Would you like to learn more & find out if you’re eligible