Fostering in Surrey

There is a growing number of children entering the care system in Surrey. These children in need of fostering come from a wide variety of backgrounds and lived experiences, but what all these children have in common is the need for safe, nurturing foster homes where they can find care and consistency at a very…

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Are there different types of foster care?

There are many different types of foster care. If you are considering becoming a foster carer and making a huge difference in a child’s life, then it’s worth giving some thought to the kind of fostering you would like to do. Here is some information about different types of foster care to help you with…

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Is it possible to switch foster care agencies?

If you are already registered as a foster carer with a local authority or independent fostering agency in the London, Kent, Medway, Surrey and East Sussex areas but you feel that it’s not quite the right fit for you and your situation, then you may be wondering whether it is possible to switch to another…

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How do I become a foster carer?

Becoming a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience. Foster carers have the opportunity to make a life-changing difference to the lives of the children and young people they support. As foster carers look after vulnerable children in their own homes, it is essential that every potential foster carer is assessed on their suitability first.…

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Being self-employed as a foster carer

Foster carers are part of a professional team around the child they have in placement. This means foster carers will be required to attend meetings for their foster child and be readily available for social work visits. Therefore many carers, foster children as an alternative to employment as you must be available and responsible for…

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Can I adopt my foster child?

Fostering and adoption are very different, although people often confuse the two. What is foster care? Foster carers provide children with a safe place to stay when they cannot live in their own family home. They also facilitate and support visits and contact with the foster child’s own family. As a Foster parent you do…

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How to choose the right fostering agency for you

If you’ve decided to become a foster carer and make a difference to a child in need of safety and security, then you probably already know that there are a wide range of fostering agencies out there in London, Kent, Surrey, and East Sussex. So, how do you choose the right foster care agency for…

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What is the process for becoming a foster carer?

If you’ve decided you want to provide a home to vulnerable children as a foster carer, you are probably wondering what the process will be, and what you should do first. Choose an agency You will first need to choose a fostering agency. You could be a foster carer for a local authority or an…

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What do I need to become a foster carer?

Being a foster carer simply means caring for a child as part of your family. You do not need any qualifications to become a foster parent, and you will receive all necessary support and training. Basic requirements Foster carers must be over 23 years old and be a UK resident or have indefinite leave to…

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