Want to foster children?
Find the best agency?
Simply Fostering has a number of agencies registered to recruit potential foster carers in Milton Keynes, to place children who are being referred from Milton Keynes Council.
Foster carers who are identified as living within the Milton Keynes geographical boundaries, will also qualify for placements being referred from Bedford County Council and Central Bedfordshire placements, which have recently joined forces under a partnership tender in conjunction with Luton Borough Council.
It is quite a challenge to recruit potential foster carers within Bedfordshire and particularly Milton Keynes, as the town is one of the fastest-growing towns in the country, with the huge population growth putting a massive strain on children’s services, including fostering services.
Milton Keynes children’s services as of July 2016 has three hundred and fifty-eight children being looked after by the local authority. One hundred and forty-one children and young people live outside the local authority area, with thirty-eight living in residential children’s homes and one child lives in a residential special school.
Milton Keynes children and young people in care are living in a number of different settings, with two hundred and seventy-eight children living with foster carers, fourteen living with parents, and thirty-six of these children are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people.
Foster Carer Applicants
Milton Keynes has a diverse range of children being placed in care and needs a diverse range of foster carer’s from all types of backgrounds, to enable good positive matching of foster placements to children’s needs.
We require applications from couples, single people, older people, young people over the age of twenty-one years, applications are welcomed from the LGBT community, heterosexual communities, and ethnic minorities. You can foster if you are on benefits, if you are disabled, with the minimum starting point being the foster carer applicant needs to have the availability to foster, a spare bedroom available, they need to have a driving license and access to a vehicle.
We require motivated people to provide a professional, nurturing, and caring service to children and young people in and around Milton Keynes. We require foster carers who can provide placements for sibling groups, disabled children, special needs children, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
We also require carers who can care for all ages of children from four years up to teenage years. For this service foster, carers will be paid a professional allowance of up to £550 per week for a child with complex needs, down to £420 per week for a standard placement.
Not sure about the fostering process or how to take the next step?
Fostering information – Steps to success.
We provide comprehensive information about foster care and help you to reduce the risk of choosing the wrong agency.
Fostering agencies in your area.
One of our social work experts will match you and your situation with the most suitable fostering agencies in Milton Keynes, on our UK Independent Agency Database.
Different Fostering Agencies.
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.
Be a foster carer – Apply to foster.
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 fostering eligibility quiz, and get fostering right the first time!