Fostering in Cheshire

Fostering Connections BLOG 2 - Cheshire

Across the UK alone, nearly 10,000 foster carers are still urgently needed. With a new child coming into care every 22 minutes, fostering agencies are looking for foster carers in and around Cheshire. Whether you live in Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Crewe or Hale – caring for children and young people in your local area can help make a huge difference to a young person’s life. From Dunham Park to Chester Zoo, at Fostering Connections we are looking for the right people to make a lasting difference.

Why foster?

Whether it be on a temporary basis or for a longer period of time, every child is entitled to a loving family and a safe environment. Many children and young people that come into care have had quite difficult and traumatic experiences. Most have suffered loss or separation from family members and some have even experienced neglect and other forms of abuse. They desperately need love, care and affection and a sense of belonging and security. Have you got the time to commit to a child or young person? Have you got a room to spare and the energy and patience to help them make sense of their situation and thrive? Many people are keen to foster but feel they may not have the necessary qualifications. All kinds of people can become foster carers. Like the children they look after, foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds. You can be married, divorced or single; employed or out of work, have children of your own already, own your own home or be renting. The main necessities are having a room to spare, a commitment to care, patience and understanding and above all a big heart!!

The Right Fostering Agency

Your fostering agency will be with you every step of your fostering journey, offering support, guidance and advice. Like anywhere, fostering has its challenges, but it is hugely rewarding, both emotionally and financially. Foster carers receive a professional fee (ranging from £20,000 to £60,000 per year depending on placements) and around the clock support is available so that help is always there, should you need it. In addition, you will have the support of a qualified and experienced Social Worker and access to regular support groups. Fostering agencies work closely with professionals in Education, Health and Social Services to provide you with a comprehensive and reliable support network and provide the highest standard of care for your foster child. You will have regular visits from a Social Worker to help you with any issues you may have and flexible arrangements for days out and holidays are available, as is access to respite.

Becoming a foster carer is one of the best ways people can give their talents and experience back to their community. It really can change the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people.

How to Foster

If you have a spare bedroom and think fostering could be the career for you, contact us today by completing the ‘Call me Back’ section above, the more detailed ‘Apply to Foster’ or by emailing sarah@www.fosteringconnections.co.uk