Local authority fostering is when a local authority places a child or young person into foster care with a foster parent who works directly with that authority. A local authority, in this context, is an organisation or group that is officially responsible for the public services and facilities in a specific area; this includes fostering and adoption services. This isn’t always possible, however, due to a national shortage of foster carers around the UK, in these instances councils will reach out to independent fostering agencies, to help spread the load.
Excel Fostering is one such independent fostering agency. We have teams all over the North of England and work closely with local authorities to provide high-quality foster care services to children and young people who, for whatever reason, had to be removed from their birth families and their homes.
We offer a variety of different types of fostering services to the local authorities we work with. These range from standard placements, including short and long-term fostering, to more specialist placements. These more complex types of fostering include: child and parent fostering – where a child is placed into care along with their young parent; sibling group fostering – where sibling groups are all placed into care together and respite care – where part-time carers take on a short-term placement to give a full-time or birth family the chance for a break away from their daily care duties.
We are always on the lookout for caring and dedicated individuals who are interested in helping us support local authorities in the North of England by becoming a foster carer. Could you be a foster parent on our team? All we ask is that you are over the age of 21, are in good health and you need to have a spare room in your home. The last part is perhaps the most important. For a foster placement to feel at home, safe and secure, then it’s vital for them to have their own private space; their own bedroom. If you have all these things then we strongly urge you to consider becoming a registered foster parent with Excel Fostering.
If you apply you’ll be able to make a real difference in your local area by helping your local authority care for children and young people in desperate need of a new loving home. Throughout the application process, you will be supported be a supervising social worker who will help you complete your assessment before being approved by the panel. During this period, you’ll also be provided foster parent skills training to help you provide the best possible care. Once fully registered, you’ll be paid a weekly fostering allowance along with income tax relief benefits. This is both to help cover the cost of caring for your foster placement, as well as a reward for your hard work and dedication to your new role.
If you’re interested in becoming a carer with Excel Fostering and support your local authority care for children and young people in need, or just want more information, then contact us today. We can be reached by phone on 01253 712734 or by completing our online contact form. We hope to hear from you soon.