Fostering in Brighton
As an independent fostering agency, FosterCare UK works with local councils and authorities to help re-home children and young people who, for whatever reason, can’t continue to live with their birth families. The local authority of Brighton and Hove City Council is one of the many we work with across the south of England and, just like nearly everywhere else in the UK, the demand for quality foster carers is far higher than the number available. This is why we need more people like you to join our professional team and become new foster parents in Brighton.
Being a foster parent in your local community is of great benefit to local children and young people. It often means they can remain at their current school and keep in touch with their friends – making the foster care process all that easier for them.
So, who can become a foster carer? There’s very little stopping anyone from becoming a foster parent with FosterCare UK and providing much needed fostering services. All we ask for is that you’re over 21, that you’re in good health and that you have a spare room available in your home for a child or young person. Your race, gender or whether you’re LGBT doesn’t matter – they don’t affect your ability to provide compassionate care or provide a safe home to a child or young person in need.
Once you apply, you and your family will be visited in your home by a social worker who will double check that you have everything you need to become a foster care. You will then undergo an assessment, culminating in a foster panel meeting before officially becoming a registered foster carer. At which point you will be registered as being available to take on a placement when required, this could happen after a few days or a few months.
At FosterCare UK we always make sure that our carers feel supported and are able to do the best job they can. We provide extensive training and education to help our foster parents best meet the needs of their fostering placements. Our carers also receive a competitive weekly allowance. This payment is both to help cover the costs associated with caring for a foster placement, as well as to act as a reward for your time and love dedicated to working with children and young people in need.
Support doesn’t stop after you take on your first foster care placement either. Our support team are available to give you a hand 24 hours a week, 365 days a year (yes, even Christmas.) Our foster parents are our biggest and best asset, and we always want to ensure that you are looked after.
We’re also interested in hearing from experienced foster carers who may be interested in transferring to our agency.
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent in Brighton, then please get in touch with us! Our professional team is here to help you in any way they can to start your foster care journey. So contact FosterCare UK today by calling us on 0844 800 1941 or by using our online contact form.