Are you passionate about making a difference for children and young people, and have energy and space in your life? You could become a foster carer.
Action for Children are looking for people who want to make a real difference to a child’s life by becoming a foster carer. Being a foster carer means offering a safe and loving family environment so that the young person can experience a positive model of life for the future.
“Being with my foster carers has changed my life. They have done so much for me but the best thing was that they helped me believe in myself.” Young person, Action for Children
The Action for Children fostering service provides long term fostering for young people aged five and over. But don’t worry, they promise to be there every step of the way with you – from 24 hour support, to training as well as giving you regular paid breaks to recharge your batteries.
Could this be you?
If you’ve considered fostering but don’t think you’re eligible because of your age, gender, marital status or another reason, it’s time to think again.
It’s not about your circumstances, it’s about the support you can offer a child.
Whether you’re old or young, married or single, male or female, gay or straight, renting or a homeowner – you can foster.
You do need:
- to be over 25. There is no upper age limit
- a spare bedroom big enough to fit a single bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe
- Some past experience with children or young people, but you don’t need to be an expert
What Action for Children offer:
- 24-hour support – Round-the-clock, you can phone them whenever you need to. Your own case worker will also contact you regularly to give support and guidance
- Careful matching – They make sure the individual needs of their young people are met by matching their foster carers skills, personal situation and experience
- Breaks when you need them – Being a foster carer can be exhausting, so they give you regular, paid breaks
- Extensive training and development – You will develop skills and knowledge while you’re a carer to feel secure and confident in your work
- Competitive pay – Your work as a foster carer is complex so Action for Children pay fees to reflect this, as well as allowances to cover care and leisure costs. This means you can focus your time and skills on caring without worrying about money
- Support groups and social events – Action for Children run events and groups where you can get together with other foster carers, learn from and support each other
Becoming a foster carer is a big decision – but life changing for you and the young people Action for Children support.