Allowance - you will receive a generous weekly allowance to cover fostering for a child. These payments do not affect any state benefits you may be receiving.
Training - a comprehensive package of training is delivered each year to foster carers. There is an expectation that foster carers complete a training support development (TSD) portfolio within the first year of approval and attend specific mandatory training courses.
Fostering social worker support - you will have your own allocated fostering social worker to support and guide you through your fostering role. As a minimum they will visit you monthly. They will also be available to you on a daily basis by telephone.
Bi-monthly foster carer meetings - the bi-monthly foster carer meetings provide an opportunity to meet with other foster carers, senior managers and hear guest speakers.
Foster Care Association - membership of a local Foster Care Association group who meet regularly for coffee, discussion and to share issues.
Annual Flamingo Land trip - each summer foster carers enjoy a social event with other carers and foster children at Flamingo Land.
Fun day - each summer foster carers and children enjoy a social day filled with fun events.
Annual panto - each year foster carers and their households are invited to join other carers at a local pantomime.
Sons and daughters of foster carers - sons and daughters of foster carers receive specific training during the Skills to Foster course. They also take part in the above social activities as well as having the opportunity to join "The Whacky Club" (a group specifically for children of foster carers).
Buddy scheme - support from experienced foster carers.
Foster carers coffee mornings - regular coffee mornings for foster carers and their families to get together and have a chat.
Weekly information updates - weekly updates to keep you in touch with what's happening.
Fostering network - all foster carers are provided with a membership offering magazines, discounts and independent support.