Have you ever had a moment in your life which you can look back on and see that your future changed at that time? Perhaps it was a teacher telling you that you were really good at something that is now your career? Or a relationship which led you to move? Or a trip overseas which gave you a different outlook on life? What was your moment? Fostering has the potential to be life-changing for fostered children and young people – it can #changeafuture.

And, if you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we’re calling on you to consider becoming foster carers so that you can also #changeafuture.

Why Foster

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. Like other jobs working with children, fostering isn’t easy but is very rewarding and makes a huge difference to children’s lives.

Foster carers are child care experts working with a team of other professionals providing children with the highest standard of care. Alongside this professionalism, they offer these children love, warmth and a positive experience of family life.

There is nothing quite like fostering if you want to work with children. Working from home, it’s possible to combine fostering with caring for your own children, or to combine fostering and other work, depending on the age and needs of the children in your care. There are many different types of fostering, and each foster carer chooses what is right for them and their family.

In addition to practical support, all foster carers receive an allowance to cover the cost of looking after a fostered child. Some also receive a fee for the work that they do. Throughout their fostering career, foster carers can take advantage of continued professional development. In addition, a range of roles is available within many fostering services, such as helping with recruitment of new foster carers or running support groups.

A wider pool of foster carers is needed right across the UK, so children can live with a family in their local area wherever possible. It’s important that children live with families that are a good “match” for them, in terms of location, culture, lifestyle, language, and interests. More foster carers are currently needed to offer homes to teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups.

Foster carers have a unique chance to make a real difference to a child’s life, supporting them and working to help them develop and achieve their potential.

Why foster with your local authority?

  1. Help children stay local – avoiding the additional upheaval of a move can help foster children enormously
  2. Be part of the community – working within your borough you will get to know the local social workers and other support professionals really well
  3. First choice – local authorities will tend to prefer local foster carers, so if you are in the area they are likely to come to you first – giving you more options over how you choose to foster
  4. Do it for the right reasons – unlike private agencies, local authorities don’t make a profit from fostering

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Contacts

Achieving for Children

fostering@achievingforchildren.org.uk

0800 085 7072

www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/fostering

Merton

fostering@merton.gov.uk

0800 073 0874

www.merton.gov.uk/fostering