Fostering in Dorset

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We provide comprehensive information about foster care and a free agency matching service to help you to reduce the risk of choosing the wrong fostering agency.

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One of our social work experts will match you and your situation with the most suitable fostering agencies in Dorset, from our UK Independent Agency Database.

Careers in fostering UK
There is a huge need for more Dorset foster carers. Interested people need to understand the assessment and approval process which involves family background, communication skills, ability to understand the needs of the children and their development, and the flexibility to attend training sessions and various meetings.

Short term, long term, emergency fostering, remand fostering, specialised therapeutic fostering are all different types of fostering in the UK. Depending on personal skills and other circumstances, the fostering agency’s Fostering Panel will decide which types of placements the foster carer can look after.

It may only take four months for the entire assessment process to be completed.

Why use our free service?
Just like people, Fostering Agencies are not all the same. They have different support, allowances, quality of training, and access to respite care and support groups. Not all agencies foster babies, some prefer to look after teenagers, some agencies expect you to be at home full time, others are happy if you have another job.

Let’s get together.
To find out more and to take the next step towards a career as a Dorset foster carer, use our no obligation, free agency matching service by completing our online fostering eligibility quiz, and get fostering right first time!

Fostering Statistics: South West

Total Children in Care, SW 2020
Foster Care Placements, SW 2020

The following statistics are from the total number of children in care in the South West and not exclusively those in Foster Care.

Children with disability : 220
4%
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers : 240
4%
Popular Placement Types: Vary in this area.

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Did you Know - Dorset?

Abbotsbury has the oldest farmed flock of swans in the country. flying in Bournemouth, Charles Rolls, founder of Rolls Royce was the first British man to be killed in an aircraft crash.

Poole Harbour is the second-largest natural harbour in the world. Brownsea Island in Dorset is the birthplace of Scouts founder, Robert Baden-Powell. It was on the island that the first scout camp was set up over a hundred years ago.  The Jurassic Coast stretches along the Dorset coastline. Famous for fossil hunting, it dates back 185 million years.

Sandbanks is probably the most expensive place to live in Europe and the first post-Reformation Catholic church given royal permission was built in East Lulworth.

The UK’s oldest post box can be found in the tiny village of Howell, dating back 160 years.

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