Fostering in Lancaster
Could you start fostering in Lancaster? Excel Fostering is always looking for caring individuals to join our North West foster care team, without your help Excel would be unable to continue to provide children and young people in need with loving foster homes.
As an independent fostering agency, we have a contract with Lancashire County Council to provide high-quality fostering services in the area. When a child or young person is taken into care by the local authority, for whatever reason, it is the local authority’s responsibility to find a foster home for them. Initially, the council will look to their own roster of foster carers, but when this list isn’t enough to meet the ever-growing demand, they turn to independent providers like Excel Fostering.
We provide many different types of foster care service, depending on the needs of the placement. These can include sibling group placements – where sibling groups are all placed with the same foster family, and parent and child placements. Parent and child placements involve placing a young parent and their infant child into care together, so the parent can learn proper parenting skills in a safe and supportive environment. We are especially interested in hearing from people able to take on these types of placement.
If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, there are a few things you should know first.
To start, fostering is a full-time job, and like any career, it’s important to know that it’s financially viable. Excel Fostering provides all carers with a competitive weekly allowance – the value of which varies depending on the types of fostering service you’re providing. All of our applicants receive an invitation to our fostering skills training course. We do this so that our carers have all they need to provide the high-quality services that Excel are known for.
There are also a few requirements that you need to be aware of before you start the fostering assessment process. Firstly, to apply, you need to be in good health and over the age of 21. You also need to have a spare bedroom in your home. This spare room will act as a safe sanctuary for the child or young person in your care and is a vital aspect of any fostering placement. Aside from these, your age, race, gender, faith or whether you identify as LGBTQ have no affect on your ability to provide great care – and so has no impact on your ability to join our team.
If you decide that you do want to become a foster carer in the Lancaster area, then please get in touch with the Excel team today. If you need to ask any questions, or just want more information, then our friendly staff will be only to happy to help. You can contact us by phone by calling 01253 712734 or by sending us an email using our online enquiry form.
By becoming a new carer with the Excel Fostering team and fostering in Lancaster, you can help us make a real difference in the lives of children and young people across the North West of England.