Fostering is an opportunity to give something back to the community by providing a safe and nurturing home for children who can’t live with their parents at a point in time.
This is one of the most emotionally rewarding things you can do as you help a child improve their confidence and self-esteem.
There are currently over 80,080 children in care, a number which has steadily increased over the past seven years. Over 72% of looked after children are placed within a family environment, and as a result, the demand for passionate foster carers has never been so great.
You will be given the tools to confidently manage your placements by completing comprehensive training in-house or online.
As a Freedom Foster Carer, you will benefit from:
Check out our dedicated Can I Foster section of the website.
Check out our Types of Fostering Placement section of the website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out our Fostering Allowances & Payments section of our website.
Foster Care encompasses children with a wide range of needs and from birth up to young adulthood, so there are different types of fostering to suit different children. Some foster carers specialise in fostering particular groups of children, for example, looking after teenagers on remand, or pre-school children, but others combine several types.
The names given to different types of fostering may refer to how long the care lasts, e.g. emergency or short-term, or to things such as the age group of the children and young people, or to their particular needs.
Short Term Fostering
Long Term Fostering
Parent & Child Fostering
As part of our dedication to our foster carers, we allow respite so that foster carers can take some time out and recoup. We respect their dedication to children and young people in their care.
We are passionate about inclusive foster care and will always encourage our foster carers to take children in their care with them on holiday.
One of the advantages of being a foster carer with us is access to a luxury caravan in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
Our three-bedroom Platinum with decking caravan can sleep up to eight and offers large amounts of space, modern fixtures and fittings and the most attractive furnishings. Located in the private owner’s area of the complex. It has everything you’ll find in our Prestige option, plus amazing extras like a 40″ flat-screen TV and DVD player in the lounge and at least a 22” TV in the main bedroom. Full-sized dining table that seats 4 people. You’ll also have the luxury of towels, a full-size fridge freezer, allocated parking plus a decking area or veranda with Patio furniture including a BBQ. You’ll get priority check-in from 1 pm on the day you arrive and your in walking distance of the beach and all amenities
Young or old, rain or shine, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time with us to ensure you have the perfect family holiday.
You’ll never be short of things to keep you busy during your stay. Spend some time in our swimming pool or try some of the exciting activities we have available. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets, either, as we’ve got lots of evening entertainment, from bars and restaurants to stage shows, pantomimes and live music.
Best of all, many of our activities are absolutely free, so there’s nothing to stop you from making the very best of your time with us.
For a relaxed, unwinding, uncrowded family holiday with so much to see and explore, Somerset is a great choice. A richly rewarding corner of the country renowned for its winding country lanes, thatched cottages, stunning villages and local cider.
Freedom Fostering is one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the West Midlands, serving much of central England.