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How we support our foster carers

How we support our foster carers

We know fostering can sometimes be challenging. We give a lot of support to our foster carers, their families and the children in their care.

Our support includes:

  • our own social worker who will work closely with you, answer questions, and help you when you need them
  • being matched with your own experienced foster carer 'buddy' if you're a new carer
  • an experienced, knowledgeable team, all working together and available to help you around the clock, 365 days a year
  • training and development opportunities while you’re applying to foster with us, and throughout your fostering career
  • access to a website for our foster carers only, with details of children needing foster homes and lots of information about your role
  • the services of Thinking Allowed, who support you and the foster children in your care, by assessing the children’s needs and mental health, and offering therapy sessions
  • our Virtual School, The HOPE, who make sure that children in care have all the support they need to get the most out of their education
  • CLAN (Children Looked After Nurses) who give health assessments to the children in your care and help you accessing health care providers for them
  • a dedicated Placement Support Team, who can meet with you if you’re struggling with a placement, and help you find ways to make the placement work
  • social events for you and the children you care for
  • equipment needed to start your fostering role, such as furniture, bedding, car seat and prams

Childcare support

Foster carers are entitled to 30 hours free childcare a week from September 2018. For more information visit free childcare for 2 to 4 year olds.

Support from local groups and organisations

As a foster carer for us, you’ll have access to:

  • local support groups across the city in the daytime and evenings, meaning that there’s always someone close by to turn to for advice and support
  • support groups for different types of foster care or carer, for example Men’s Group, Caring for children of different ethnicities group, and Under 5s group
  • support from the independent fostering association for Avon (AFCA)

"...another good source of support for me is the support groups.

It is an informal and relaxed setting [and] an opportunity to meet with other carers both new to fostering and those who are veterans and have decades of experience.

We share stories and experiences and have a laugh."

Stephen, male single carer of 4 years

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