What is the role of an independent fostering agency? 


What is an independent fostering agency?

An independent fostering agency is an agency that works with the local authority to provide safe and loving homes for children and young people. As an independent fostering agency, we often provide foster children with placements at times where the local authority is unable to.

A local authority may struggle to place a child with one of their approved carers because of the shortage of foster carers. Alternatively, it may be the case that the child in care has especially complex needs that are better suited to an independent fostering agency.

How does an independent fostering agency operate?

Independent fostering agencies work in partnership with local authorities to ensure children are placed with their suitable fostering families. Independent fostering agencies were initially introduced as a means to help local authorities, due to the increasing number of children needing care.

Independent fostering agencies operate differently from the local authority, as approaches and processes are different to the government, providing a more ‘family-feel’ experience. With this type of approach, there are various benefits to fostering independently:

Benefits of fostering with an independent agency

Due to local authorities being under so much strain, independent agencies often have more time and resources to support their foster carers. With an independent fostering agency, you are more likely to receive a competitive fostering allowance and other benefits:

  • Training: you are more likely to receive extensive fostering training and skills development sessions, as independent agencies tend to have more resources available.
  • Higher fostering allowances: in comparison to local authorities, you are more likely to receive higher fostering pay from an independent fostering agency.
  • Exceptional support: here at FosterCare UK, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality fostering support. Our team is always on board to offer advice, seven days a week.

Why FosterCare UK?

Here at FosterCare UK, we pride ourselves on our core values – we prioritise safeguarding, supporting staff, and championing our care leavers. We are passionate about providing safe and nurturing foster placements. Learn more about FosterCare UK today.

Now that you have learned all you need to know about independent fostering agencies, you can learn more about fostering with our helpful knowledge centre. For more information about fostering, contact our helpful team today. 

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