Fostering in South West

South West of England

Interested in foster caring?

Want to find the best agency in your area?
Taking the next step in the process can be time-wasting and confusing as there are a large number of fostering agencies to choose from. You may find it hard to find information about the differences between the agencies and what they can offer you as a potential foster carer.

Simply Fostering – Be a foster carer
We are not a fostering agency, we are a company that provides free independent information about fostering. We also offer an agency matching service to help people who are interested in fostering find the best agencies to choose from.

Fostering Agency Database
Our Independent Fostering Agency Database holds a list of member agencies in the South West, who we recommend based on their reputation, quality of service, and the type of support and allowances on offer.

Fostering children – Foster care experts
Together, our team has over eighty years experience of working with foster carers, foster children, and fostering agencies in the UK, and has helped many hundreds of people to become happy and successful foster carers.

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

The right agency.
From your contact form, one of our social work experts will match you and your situation with the most suitable fostering agencies in the South West, on our UK Independent Agency Database.

Different types of fostering. Allowance, babies, children, teens, agency advice?
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 South West 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.

Fostering career – Find the right agency, support, allowances.
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!

To be a foster carer you will need to have:

  • The time and energy to invest in a child or young person
  • A bedroom for the exclusive use of the foster child
  • Couples will need to arrange their working hours so that one carer can be available full time
  • Single carers will need to be at home full-time or have flexible employment
  • A full UK driving licence or have excellent transport links

If you decide to contact us and use our free, fostering agency matching service, we will arrange for the most suitable agencies in the South West of England with vacancies, to contact you, improving your chance of being accepted for assessment and starting on the journey to becoming a happy and successful foster carer.

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Fostering Summary:

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%

what Could You Earn?

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If you meet the UK criteria to foster. we will match you with a local Fostering Agency and ask them to call you.
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Did you Know - South West?

South West England has the longest coastline of all the English regions, totaling over 700 miles. It consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Large cities and towns in the region include Bristol, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth, and Swindon.

It is the largest of the nine regions of England covering 9,200 square miles with approximately five million residents.

The South West region is largely rural, with small towns and villages; a higher proportion of people live in such areas than in any other English region.

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