Open your home and your heart – as a foster carer

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a foster carer now’s a great time to find out more.

We are looking for people in our district to become foster carers for local children.

Do you have the energy, enthusiasm and ability to provide a temporary home for a child or young person in need? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

You need to be over 21, have a spare room. No special qualifications are needed but you must make a commitment to make a positive difference to a child’s life.

Chris and Sue Clarke, both in their 60s, decided to consider fostering after their own family had grown up.

Chris had recently retired and was looking for a new direction and they both missed having young people around as their home felt quiet.

The couple contacted us, and were accepted on our training course. Eighteen months ago they were approved as foster carers and now look after a sibling group.

“Fostering is incredibly rewarding. If you are ‘empty nesters’ like us, it can be incredibly satisfying to help others and brightening up a young person’s life,” Sue told us.

“It does come with challenges but we get so much out of it from seeing the children learn and grow in confidence.”

Chris enjoys helping the children with reading as well as using his skills as an engineer to support school projects such as model-making.

“It is enjoyable, the children are fun. We’ve benefitted too, from getting to know people in our community through school and activities.”

The couple meet up regularly with other foster carers and have their own support worker.

“If we have any issues our support worker is excellent in offering advice and using his experience to suggest trying different things,” explained Chris. “Inevitably, we’ve faced challenges but the training we’ve received and knowing that we can readily access back up, gives us confidence as we fairly new to fostering.”

Sue agrees, adding: “We’d encourage anyone who really wants to help a young person to think about fostering and the difference you can make to their life.”

Foster carers receive:

  • Training.
  • A financial allowance.
  • Comprehensive support including your own support worker, plus out of hours support.
  • Fast tracked access to children’s health and wellbeing support teams.
  • Access to monthly informal foster carer groups.

You can apply regardless of your marital status, sexuality religious or cultural background. You don’t need to be a homeowner, or employed and can be with or without children.

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