Fostering in Warrington
Excel Fostering is an independent foster care agency. This means that we work with local authorities across the North West of England, such as Warrington Borough Council in Cheshire. We provide quality fostering services when the local council’s own roster of carers isn’t large enough to meet the ever-growing demand for foster carers across the region. By becoming a foster parent and joining our team, you’ll be helping local children and young people in desperate need of a loving and caring home.
There are a few things to think about before applying with Excel. First, are you in good health and over the age of 21? More importantly, do you have a spare room in your home that would be suitable as a bedroom for a child or young person? In every case, it has been shown that having their own private and secure space improves fostering outcomes for children and young people living with foster parents. Beyond this, your age, race, gender, religion or whether you are LGBTQ, has no impact on your ability to join our foster care team. Everyone is welcome at Excel Fostering.
When you apply with Excel you’ll be assigned a supervising social worker who will visit you in your home for an informal meeting. This is simply so we can get to know you a little better. The foster care assessment process normally lasts between three and four months and your supervising social worker will be with you every step of the way to provide help, advice and support. During this time you’ll also be invited to join one of our fostering skills training courses. These workshops are provided as part of our education and training provision for all new potential carers and will help us make sure you have everything you need before taking on your first foster placements. The final step in this process is a meeting with an impartial fostering panel. The panel will make a recommendation as to your suitability as a fully registered foster parent, though the final decision will remain with Excel Fostering.
As a foster carer, you’ll be eligible for a competitive weekly allowance alongside income tax benefits. The total amount will depend on where you’re fostering and which of the many types of fostering service you provide. This money is there to both help cover any additional costs, but also as a reward for the love and dedication our carers display in their roles.
If you’re interested in providing a loving home to children and young people in your community, then please contact Excel Fostering today. Our friendly and helpful office staff are always on hand to provide more information, answer any enquires and help you start your fostering journey. You can reach us by phone on 01253 712734 or by e-mail when filling out our online contact form.