Fostering in Streatham
FosterCare UK has a contract with the local authority of the London Borough of Lambeth to augment their capability to provide homes to the children and young people in care in this area. Because there is an ongoing shortage of foster carers in England, and in Streatham, FosterCare UK is reaching out to people like you and asking you to contact us about this rewarding career.
As well as providing a safe, secure, and loving home to young people, you can enjoy a day out, perhaps a picnic at Streatham Common, and let the kids revel in the joys of being a kid. You have a great deal of freedom as a foster parent to run your household and provide a place of sanctuary.
Foster carers can be single men or women in their twenties or empty nesters. You can be married, single, LGBT, male or female and of any age over 21. The primary requirements are that you have a spare bedroom and good health. You can be a homeowner or a renter, living in a house or a flat. Education and experience in child care are a bonus but not essential.
While experience in caring for children is a bonus, it is not essential. If you have patience, energy, compassion, and a sense of humour, we can provide the training you need. As a carer, you are providing a much-needed service to the children of your community. Our fostering allowance is generous, and we offer support every day, all day long.
As for the kids in care, statistically, most of them are more than five years old and the majority are between 10 and 18 years old. We often have a need for a parent and child placements. Your role is to help the young parent or parents learn parenting skills while you assess their ability to care for their baby in the community. At the same time, you ensure that the baby is well cared for.
We are seeking people who have more than one spare room. We often have sibling group referrals. If there are several looked after siblings, we try to have them placed together. If there are siblings of the same gender under three, they can share a bedroom.
During the application process, which typically takes between four and six months, a social worker will visit you several times. The visits last about two hours and is an opportunity for you and your supervising social worker to become acquainted. It is also a time for you to get to know other carers in the area and to begin our training sessions.
If you are looking to know more about being a carer in Streatham and to find out if you can join us, please contact us on 0844 800 1941. You can also send us a message on our online form and we will get back to you asap. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about fostering, including the process, financial allowances and the steps you need to take in order to foster a child.