Foster Carer

Posted 25 January by Reading Borough Council Featured

Foster Carers - could you become a Reading Borough Council Foster Carer and help keep Reading children in Reading?

We urgently need local foster carers for Reading children of all ages.

Unlike Independent Fostering Agencies Reading Borough Council is a not for profit organisation.

You don’t always need a spare room or to commit full time but if you could offer a safe, caring and loving home to a child or young person we would like to hear from you.

Foster Carers come from all kinds of backgrounds. As long as you have a passion for making a difference and doing something life changing for a child, it doesn’t matter if you are married, single or living with a partner.

You may have experience working with children and young people with challenging behaviours but this isn’t essential.

We are looking for people from all walks of life, regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality, whether you’re married or single, whether you own your home or rent, and even whether you currently work full time or part time!

In the end, it all comes down to bringing a little light back into the lives of children.

What do Foster Carers do?

Foster Carers look after children within their own home on a short term, long term, emergency or respite basis. They provide a safe, nurturing environment for looked after children between the ages of 0-18; supporting children through their natural development and preparing them for adult life through the development of various life skills and education. Where appropriate our Foster carers promote contact with a child’s birth parents or family through contact sessions. They will also need to be able to liaise with social workers and other professionals. What do Foster Carers need? Foster Carers need the ability to provide a safe, caring environment for a child from any background.

They need the ability to see the best in a child or young person despite any challenging behaviours.

Foster carers must have a resilient yet caring personality and a sense of humour along with the ability to offer emotional support and guidance, provide children with a positive environment in which to grow.

What do our Foster Carers get in return? Competitive fees plus an allowance for the child normally tax free.

Paid service breaks. Full training provided and paid for by us at local centres. Additional training and career development opportunities. 24/7 support and guidance provided by qualified RBC Social Workers who really get to know you as a Foster Carer so that we can provide the best support to you and your family and ensure the children we care for are given the best chance to achieve their goals.

Huge amounts of satisfaction!

Here are some commonly asked questions about fostering:

Am I too old to foster?

There is no upper age limit for fostering however there is a lower age limit of 21. We do require all foster carers to undergo a health assessment to ensure that they are 'fit to foster’

Do I need a spare room?

We prefer our Foster Carers to have a spare bedroom but it isn’t always necessary for some types of Fostering. Foster children under the age of two can share a bedroom with the Foster Carers. There are several schemes which do not require a spare bedroom such as short breaks and respite care.

What if I have children of my own?

Normally we would want your birth children to be the oldest children in the home by 2 years or significantly older; however we consider each case individually.

Reference: 34314566

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