Fostering in Horsham
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster carer? There are children and young people in Horsham who need you. Across the country, there is a serious shortage of foster carers and this is why FosterCare UK is reaching out to you to contact us about this rewarding career.
FosterCare UK has had several years of being involved in fostering in West Sussex and we have a contract with the local authority of the West Sussex County Council. The local authority takes a child or young person into care and often they give us a referral. They have their own carers, but cannot keep up with the demand for foster homes.
With the increase in looked after children in the last twenty years or so, more independent fostering services, such as FosterCare UK, have emerged. We are experts in recruiting, training, and supporting foster parents in the Sussex area as well as in London and Kent. We have a close working relationship with the carers on our team and we encourage you to consider joining us.
To get started as a carer, all you need to do is give us a telephone call. To make it even easier, this is the first question we will ask – do you have a spare bedroom? You don’t need to own your home or be a married couple. We welcome single men and women, LGBT, of all races and religions to our team.
Each placement is as unique as the child or young person. Statistically, most of them are older than five years and the majority are over 10 years old. In a parent and child placement, the child is a baby or toddler and the parent more often than not is the mother although sometimes it is the father or both parents.
If you have more than one bedroom, you are particularly needed for sibling group placements. Quite frequently, several siblings will be looked after and it is advantageous for them to be placed together. Siblings of the same gender under three may share a bedroom if there is sufficient room for them to each have a bed. They will also need to have space for a chest of drawers and a desk.
If you are in good health, have patience, compassion, and a sense of humour, consider this career change. You work from home providing a much-needed and important service to the children of your community. Our fostering allowance is generous and the camaraderie of our local office is encouraging.
The application process normally takes between four and six months. There are several home visits which last about two hours each. This allows you and your supervising social worker to become acquainted. The better we know you and your skills, experience, and preferences, the better is our ability to match youngsters with you.
If you would like more information about fostering in Horsham and wish to learn about the process and the benefits, contact us by telephone on 0844 800 1941, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form, and a member of our team will call you back.