About Foster Carer’s support networks.
The Fostering Agency is the foster carer’s main support, however, every foster carer has to have a wider network of support
Fostering Agencies provide the knowledge to be a safe, skilful and confident foster carer who provides the best care and enjoys being a foster parent.
All Agencies provide twenty four hour support, seven days a week, 365 days per year. However, the quality and reliability of that support varies from Agency to Agency.
Quality Agency support and supervision.
Quality support should also include Carer Support Groups, when agencies arrange groups of carers to get together to share experiences and to offer each other support. Properly organised and run, these groups can be an invaluable resource for a carer.
Some agencies organise specialist support groups such as ‘Men who Foster’ and ‘Children who Foster’ for the birth children of foster carers.
The best Fostering Agencies see support groups as invaluable. They are a great forum for allowing agencies to understand what issues currently concern foster carers, enabling them to react in the best way. Most Agencies will also have a calendar of social events for foster carers and the looked after children.
The quality of supervision provided by the Agency social worker is a part of the carer’s support network and day to day care. Supervision sessions should be at least fortnightly, and are held at the carers home and all of the fostering family should be able to take part or to have their issues aired when practical.
Friends and Family
Supportive friends and family are a big part of a carer’s support network, it is very important that foster parents have trusted people to talk to and who can provide practical support if necessary. Police checked family and close friends can also step in when you need a break.
As part of the assessment, applicants will be required to identify people who will be part of their fostering network, and hopefully adults who would be willing to be back-up carers.
Being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding careers out there, but being with the wrong agency can mean not having the number, type of placements and financial benefits you expected. Contact us and we will find you suitable agencies in your area with vacancies.
Deciding to foster.
Hopefully you will decide to take the next step and if so, we at Simply Fostering would like to thank you for starting the exciting journey to make a difference and becoming a foster carer.
We are always here as a source of reference about fostering and our free Handbook will help you to ask the right questions and to find answers about foster care in the UK.