Foundation Fostering continually strive to ensure our foster carers feel supported and valued. Our motto, ‘A looked after carer means a looked after child’, is something that is important to us.
Nick Eadon (Agency Director) has just completed a Foster Carers Consultation project. The survey consisted of 25 questions covering areas such as the enquiry stage, training, supervision, support, being treated as a professional, matching, out of hours and complaints.
This consultation has now been completed and we are in the process of collating and presenting the data to our carers. Below is a selection of comments made our foster carers.
On Friday the 26th of April Foundation Fostering held their Easter Egg Hunt. All the children and young people who attended prepared for the ‘hunt’ by making and decorating their ‘Easter baskets’. Once this was done we all headed out to the woods at the back of the Foundation Fostering Office to find as many eggs as possible. All the children and young people did a super job hunting down the eggs and left the hunt with big ‘chocolate smiles’.
On the 13th of April all the members of the Foundation Fostering Panel attended GDPR Training. The training was set up to look at how the GDPR Regulations impacts on Foundation Fostering as an Independent Agency as well as the impact on foster carers and the children and young people we look after.
BE PART OF OUR FOSTERING FAMILY…
Interested in fostering? Come along to our drop-in session at our offices at Hanley Swan on Friday 26th April 2019 10am to 1pm for an informal chat and to find out more information.
Location: Acorn Business Centre, Roberts End, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire. WR8 0DN.
Saturday 2nd March 2019
The CYP Ambassador meeting was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Our Education Adviser, Helen, covered ‘anti-bullying’ and ‘treating others with respect’. Dean our Registered Manager, Sarah Supervising social worker and Nick covered the various means about ‘how to complain’ and the ‘tell us what you think’ facility on our website. The group designed a poster about the meaning of the word ‘respect’. This was followed by a pizza delivery which Nick just about managed to share amongst everyone…..so he was respectful!!!
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Have you been considering becoming a foster carer in the Midlands? Fostering is a challenging and rewarding job that really makes a difference. There are countless individuals, couples and families that have thought about fostering for years, but many never take any further action. If you want to help give a child a better life in 2018 why not begin by taking a simple step forward?
Researching into Fostering
You’ve thought about becoming a foster carer now it’s time to do your research. There are plenty of different options available to you. We are an independent foster agency in Worcestershire, there are others along with local authorities that you can choose to sign up with. We recommend doing as much research into all the different agencies and your local authority to find the right match for you. Look at websites, read their literature and get in touch to find out more.
We welcome all kinds of enquiries via email, directly through our website or over the phone. We don’t expect anything from you and our friendly team will supply you with all the information you require to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
What to Research
There are several types of fostering services. Here are a few tips on the type of information to use to help you decide if you’d like to start the journey into becoming a foster carer.
- Ask for information packs and for information about the application process
- Ask about the type of foster carers they are looking for – some agencies want carers for babies, others need carers for teenagers, siblings or children with disabilities and so on.
- Is support given to the foster carers and how is that support delivered?
- How much training is provided or required?
- What do the other foster carers say about the LA or independent agencies in your area
- Allowances and fees – will financial factors make it impossible to foster?
- Do they have a presence on social media?
We’re an independent fostering agency based in Worcestershire. We are currently recruiting new foster carers and families across the West Midlands. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about us and our foster carers.
The Guardian is giving foster carers the opportunity to share their personal foster story. This is a fantastic opportunity to share what it’s really like to be a foster carer. Stories from those with experience can be vital to help shape the future of fostering but also to help those thinking of becoming a foster carer.
The paper is asking for input from all foster carers, where they work with a council, an independent agency or a charity. Working as a foster carer is not an easy job, it is full of challenges and recent cuts have added to the difficulties that are experienced by some. Another issue is dealing with the complex needs of children in the 21st Century. So now is the time to share your thoughts and experiences. To take part in the survey you will need to complete the encrypted form, found here.
Enter As Much Information as You Wish
You will be asked for your name and there’s a place to enter more information such as your age, location and what you do. Enter as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. The next questions revolve around fostering, when you became a foster carer and how many children have you fostered.
The following questions give you the freedom to express your own personal experiences in as much detail as you wish. The first of these questions is simply asking you what it’s like to be a foster carer. The final one is for foster carers who have changed to an independent fostering agency from working for the council, asking what the experience was like.
Share for Information Only or Choose Potentially Share Publically
There is a box asking if you are happy to have your responses published. Here you have the choice to deny the request, to allow it publically or to have your answers published anonymously. If you are happy to go public with your response, there’s an option to add a photograph. The survey ends with an empty box where you can add any extra information.
Do you want to share your experience of being a foster carer? Click on the link above and share your foster journey.