Fostering in Southwick
Fostering in Southwick with FosterCare UK could be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done.
FosterCare UK is an independent foster care agency and we need your help. We work with local authorities around the South East of England, providing foster families and homes to children and young people who, for whatever reason, are unable to keep living in their family home. One of the areas in which we are active is Southwick – a suburb of Hove and a nearby neighbour of Brighton under the West Sussex County Council. Like almost everywhere else in England however, the number of children and young people who urgently require a secure and caring foster home in this area is far greater than the number of carers available. This is why we need you.
By becoming a foster carer in Southwick you’ll be helping local children grow and develop in a positive way. By allowing them to stay local, you’ll enable them to stay in the same school and stay in touch with their friends – all elements that contribute to a favourable foster care experience.
So who can become a foster carer? We have only a few requirements that must be met by foster parent applicants. You must be in good health, be over the age of 21 and – most importantly – have a spare room in your home to act as your foster placement’s bedroom. Your gender orientation and race have no impact on your ability to provide first-rate foster care services, though they may impact the kind of placements you receive as we try and match all foster children and young people with foster parents that are most suited to them.
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Once you apply to foster a child or young person, you will first be visited at your house by a supervising social worker. The purpose of the visit is to make sure that you have everything you need to offer high-quality foster care services and are able to take on a foster placement. Once this visit has been successfully completed, your supervising social worker will remain available to provide more information, answer any questions and generally support you throughout the foster care assessment process.
All of our foster carers are provided with extensive fostering skills training, both during the assessment process and beyond – we don’t think there’s a limit on how much learning one person should do! We also provide a competitive fostering allowance. This allowance is both to help cover the cost of your new family member and to act as a reward for the time, dedication and care you have invested into changing the lives of children in your area.
If you’re interested in starting your foster care journey or just want more details, contact the FosterCare UK team today. We can be reached by phone on 0844 800 1941 or by using our online enquiry form. Change the life of a child or young person in your area – get in touch with us today.