Fostering in the North West
Excel Fostering are looking for caring individuals to start Fostering in the North West of England, especially in places like Warrington, Wigan and St Helens. We’re particularly interested in hearing from those with space in their hearts and their homes for specialist types of foster care, such as sibling group care and parent and child placements. If this sounds like you, then we want you to think about becoming a foster carer.
Excel Fostering is an independent fostering agency. This means we deliver the rewarding but vital service of providing high-quality foster families to children and young people in the care of local authorities when the council’s own stock of available carers isn’t enough to meet demand.
By becoming a carer in your local area, you’ll be helping to meet an ever-growing need in the UK and will be making a real change in the lives of those in need. You’ll also be providing some much-needed consistency during an otherwise tumultuous period, by allowing young people to remain in contact with their friends and to continue their education at their current school.
To become a foster carer, you simply need to be over the age of 21, be in good health and have one or more spare bedrooms in your home. This last part is the most important as a safe and secure space to relax in has proven, time and again, vital to creating positive fostering outcomes for children and young people in care. If fostering a sibling group however, then young siblings of the same gender can share a room and this can provide an extra layer of security for those in care – though the room needs to be large enough. Beyond this, your age, gender, race, religion or whether you’re LGBTQ has no impact on your ability to foster.
If you’re thinking about fostering, then you may be wondering about the fostering allowance and any other support you might receive. To start, when you begin the application process, you’ll be invited to attend a fostering skills training course at a local venue and will be assigned a responsive social worker who will be on hand to offer advice and will support you throughout. In terms of foster pay, we provide our carers with a competitive weekly allowance to help cover the costs of caring for a foster child as well as a reward for the time, dedication and love invested into your new job.
While we’re always on the lookout for new carers in the North West, we’re also very interested in hearing from experienced foster parents who are looking to transfer their services to a different foster care agency. To learn more about transferring to Excel Fostering, please click here.
If you want to start your fostering journey and join the Excel Fostering team, need more information or want to ask us any questions, then please get in touch with our friendly office staff today. You can make contact by giving us a call on 01253 712734 or sending us an email by completing our online enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.