Many people feel called to foster children, but fear or uncertainty can prevent them from taking the next step. If you’re considering fostering a child, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There are countless existing and former foster parents who have realized the joy and satisfaction of changing a child’s life for the better through fostering – and they want to lend their support.
If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, it’s important to know that the rewards far outweigh any challenges! Becoming a foster parent is one of the most rewarding experiences an adult can have. It offers fostering families with an opportunity to experience immense love and joy while helping to promote positive growth in children and teens who have been through tough transitions in life. Not only that, but the knowledge that you are making a real difference in somebody’s life is invaluable. Fostering is a great way to make a difference while gaining invaluable experience – it truly is a win-win situation!
At Fostering Hearts, we understand that fostering is a challenging yet rewarding experience. That’s why we offer 24/7 support from our team of experts and experienced professionals – so you never feel alone during your foster care journey. Our supervisors are always available for advice, comfort, or reassurance whenever you need it – and in case of an emergency, our 24/7 emergency services are at the ready 365 days a year. No matter the situation, you can trust us to be there when you need us most. We truly believe that those who are willing to give foster care should have all the help they need to succeed – and with the support services we provide, you’re one step closer to achieving this goal.
How much do you receive to foster?
As a foster carer with Fostering Hearts, you will receive generous financial support for the important work you do. Specifically, if you are taking care of a child aged 11 or older, you will receive £475 per week, while children aged 10 and under will yield a payment of £450 per week. It’s worth noting that this is per child – so having two foster kids would result in double the payments! This payment covers living expenses and other costs associated with caring for a young person. We understand that fostering can be challenging and often expensive, which is why we strive to provide the widest possible range of financial support to those who choose this path. When paired with our comprehensive training programs and experienced staff, fostering with Fostering Hearts offers you an opportunity to make a real difference – both in your own life and in the lives of others..
Training & Development Opportunities
At Fostering Hearts, we understand that fostering is a challenging yet rewarding journey. That’s why we’re proud to provide the most comprehensive training available to foster carers. We offer a deep and broad range of training options, combining online, virtual, and in-person classes so you can access what you need, when you need it, in the format that best suits your needs and preferences. Whether you’re an experienced foster carer looking for specific advice or someone just starting out on their fostering journey, our team of experienced professionals has all the knowledge and resources to help you succeed.
We have built a vibrant and supportive community of foster carers here at Fostering Hearts. Our team takes pride in creating an environment of mutual encouragement, respect, and understanding. We provide resources like an online forum, discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings with foster care experts to help foster carers connect with each other and share their experiences. We also offer workshops and events that allow foster carers to refine their skills or gain new perspectives about the profession. All of these tools come together to ensure that fosters have the best possible experience in finding the right formal carer – and create a positive, nurturing atmosphere where everyone feels included.
Events for Children and Adults
We are committed to providing fun, engaging activities and events for children, adults, and families throughout the year. From beach days and outdoor activities to celebrations of our culture and heritage, we give our foster carers the opportunity to make special memories they’ll cherish. These outings provide invaluable socialisation and bonding opportunities with peers and mentors – allowing everyone involved to truly enjoy their fostering experience. We also host a variety of meals out, so foster carers can get together in a relaxed atmosphere and celebrate their successes together over a good meal. Whatever the event or occasion may be, these activities are sure to bring joy – creating lasting impressions that will stay with them forever.
Who can foster?
Anyone can become a foster carer, as long as they meet certain requirements. To be eligible, candidates must be over 21.
Additionally, it is helpful if prospective foster carers have some experience with children, such as through working at an orphanage or camp. Finally, it is important that candidates demonstrate an understanding of the expectations and responsibilities involved in being a foster carer – showing that they are committed to providing a safe and loving environment for the children in their care.
Foster carers come from all walks of life – from single people to married couples to retirees – proving that anyone who meets these criteria has what it takes to become a foster parent!
How much Do i get to foster?
All Fostering Hearts carers receive:
Not all fostering agencies pay this much, so if you are talking to several, make sure you find out how much they pay.
Honestly, all types of children need fostering. The most common reason that children need fostering is as a result of neglect or abuse, so what they really need is a caring, nurturing home.
We are asked to find foster cares for very young babies, right up to young people aged almost 18.
Parent and child fostering – also known as mother and baby fostering – is a type of foster parenting that provides an alternative to the baby being removed from its parent. It is an incredibly rewarding experience, allowing carers to open their homes to both a parent and a child, helping guide them along the path of successful parenting.
The goal is to give the parent guidance, build up their confidence and provide them with the skills necessary to develop into a successful parent. This means offering emotional support, forming an understanding of their needs as well as expectations – all in an effort to ensure the parent-child bond remains strong. It requires immense dedication from both the carer and young parents alike – but when done right it leads to immense rewards, ultimately giving these children the chance for better lives by providing love, security and guidance.