Can I foster?

Check out our dedicated Can I Foster section of the website.

What types of fostering are there?

Check out our Types of Fostering Placement section of the website.

What makes Freedom Fostering different from other IFAs?

Our dedicated team, led by highly qualified professionals, has a wealth of experience working with foster carers within central England.

At Freedom Fostering we acknowledge our carers dedicated commitment by offering additional benefits to support you in your role.

  • Dedicated 24/7 support line.

  • Your own Social Worker, who will regularly visit and address any concerns you might have.

  • Carer support network.

  • In-house family contact rooms.

  • Educational support for children out of school with a specifically developed education room.

  • A generous financial allowance to help cover the costs of looking after a child.

  • School holiday educational support for Maths, English and Science.

  • Skills workshops to expose children to experiences that might not otherwise be available.

  • Free activity days to attend

     

How do I prepare myself for the child’s arrival?

Children may be very confused and frightened when they first come to you – especially if their move into care has been a sudden one. It’s important to to take the time to show the child or young person around your home, and explain to them where things are and any routines or rules that you or your family have.

Depending on their age, you may need to explain to them how to go to the bathroom at night, if they need a nightlight, who to ask if they need a drink, rules around mealtime, and about bathing, changing and washing clothes.

Many carers have spare toys, clothes and toiletries in case children or young people have come without their own.

How long does the application process take?

Once your application has been accepted, you will start the preparation and assessment process. This can take about six to eight months, sometimes longer, but we will keep you informed.

During the assessment process, you will attend a series of sessions to learn more about fostering.  You will have a chance to hear from experienced foster carers and learn about a range of issues.  You will be introduced to the Training, Development and Support Standards (TSDS) for Fostering, which gives you a framework for your ongoing training and professional development.

Alongside the preparation, you will be visited by a social worker at home, usually around eight to ten times.  If you have children, they will also want to speak with them.  This is how we get to know you and we’ll be able to assess your suitability as a foster carer.  It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about what is involved, and with your social worker, you’ll be considered whether you have the necessary skills and strengths.

The assessment will explore your background information, history and individual profiles.  The point of this is to build an accurate account of your family and life experiences so far.

As well as other areas, your social worker will take with you about your experience with children and your approach to caring for them.  You will need to think about your reasons for wanting to foster.

What support will I receive as a foster carer?

We pride ourselves in providing in-house training and ongoing support for our foster carers.  This enables our foster carers to become well versed in the challenges of fostering and confident in managing children within their care. Our 24-hour support line and dedicated Supervising Social Workers provide our foster carers with a team of professionals around the clock.

How much will I be paid as a foster carer?

Check out our Fostering Allowances & Payments section of our website.