Deciding whether you want to foster is a big decision – so choosing whether you foster with an independent agency or your local authority can feel equally as daunting. The option you choose will naturally influence the type of fostering experiences you have – which is why learning the difference between the two options is beneficial for making the next big decision. Our guide helps you to make the best choice for your career in foster care.
A local authority is legally responsible for the safeguarding and wellbeing of children who are fostered. If you decide to opt foster with your local authority, this could mean you may be more likely to receive placements regularly and potentially quicker than an independent agency.
However, independent agencies cover a wider range of placement options. Either way, both independent fostering agencies and local authorities work closely together to ensure the child’s needs are being met.
Initially, local authorities were the sole provider for foster care placements. However, as the demand for foster placements grew, the local authorities struggled to facilitate all the children and young people being placed in care. That’s where independent fostering agencies come in.
Independent foster agencies were created to support this issue of demand, with fostering agencies such as Excel Fostering providing an independent, family-feel service – with a range of different approaches and processes.
If you would like to find out more information about fostering independently. You can find out more information by contacting our helpful team. Find out more about the fostering process by reading blogs on our knowledge centre.
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An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.