Want to foster? Interested in becoming a foster carer?
Not sure about the fostering process or how to take the next step?
Information about fostering.
We provide comprehensive information about foster care and practical help to make sure you reduce the chance of choosing the wrong fostering agency.
From the information you provide through our fostering eligibility quiz, one of our social work experts will match you and your requirements with the most suitable agencies in Liverpool, on our UK Independent Agency Database.
Different types of fostering, allowance, babies, children?
Just like any organisation, Fostering Agencies are different from each other. Their support, allowances, quality of training, and access to respite care and support groups are not the same.
Not every Liverpool Agency fosters babies, some prefer to look after teenagers, some agencies want you to be at home full time, others can work with you if you have another job.
How to foster – Be a foster carer?
To find out more and to take the next step towards a career as a foster carer, use our no obligation, free agency matching service by completing our online enquiry form, and get fostering right the first time!
Factors to consider before deciding to foster
Before deciding to become a foster carer there are a few things that should be considered. Along with the training and support provided by the foster agencies, you should also check if you have a personal support system with friends and family that can support you going under stressful situations as all foster children are not the same and as a foster carer, you may have to tackle difficult situations.
According to your family and personal circumstances, the age group of foster kids needs to be considered. The needs of children vary based on their age and understanding which is why you should be prepared to be flexible. Flexibility to work with social workers is important as they visit on a regular basis. Foster carers need to be comfortable communicating with the biological parents of the foster child, as that might be a part of the job.
Liverpool looks after about a thousand children, most in foster care, via the courts or with the agreement of their parents. To date, there are twenty-six Children’s Centers, accommodating children at risk costs Liverpool around twenty-five million pounds a year and Ofsted, the body who inspect children’s services, ranked Liverpool as one of the top two places in England for the children services the city provides for children at risk.