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Fostering

Interested in fostering?

Fostering is highly specialised because it entails looking after someone else’s child for a specific period of time, or in some cases, until the child reaches independence.

At Jay Fostering we recruit foster carers who are able to meet the needs of a wide range of children and young people who require the stability of a warm caring home.

The reasons why children are looked after by foster carers vary enormously. Each child or young person’s circumstances are unique and by providing a safe caring family environment, foster carers could make a difference to a child’s life.

We are therefore looking for patient, open, highly motivated individuals and couples who can demonstrate that they can provide a secure and stable home to vulnerable children.

Foster carers are needed for a whole range of different placements. Depending on suitability, you can be considered for a wide range of foster placements or specialise in a certain area, for example:

  • Asylum seekers
  • Parent and child
  • Teenagers
  • Children with disabilities
  • Babies

If you become a foster carer with Jay Fostering, you will not just be joining a committed, friendly and child orientated team, you will also be able to access the following benefits:

  • A placement fee that both reflects that the true cost of looking after a foster child as well as providing an allowance for your hard work (a higher fee may be secured for those with professional experience)
  • Generous respite entitlement
  • Access to training in your local area tailored to meet your individual needs
  • 24/7 Support – you will have access to a social worker 24 hours a day
  • Access to support groups in your local areas enabling potential carers to network with other foster carers
  • All placements are matched to foster carer’s skills and experience.

If you would like to know more, please call us or complete an apply on line form and one of our Social Workers can visit you for a more in-depth chat about fostering before you make a final decision. We never pressurise people into fostering with us because we believe that fostering with us has to be right for all parties.

If you are currently an approved foster carer looking for a change or have fostered in the past, please give Jay Fostering a call.

Are you thinking about transferring to another agency?

As an existing foster carer with either a Local Authority or an Independent Agency, it is important to remember that you are always within your rights to explore other options available to you. All carers have a right to consider transferring and if you feel it is the right time for you to transfer, please contact us for a chat.

Have you discussed your problems with your existing social worker, senior member of the team or made them aware of your intention to leave? If not we would encourage this as you will have to do this at some point.

Transferring is generally quite straight forward, we will be able to guide you through the process and work with all parties involved, we will ensure your transfer process runs smoothly and without undue delays.

If you have a child placed with you, we will work within accepted practice and transfer protocols employed by all fostering providers. Jay Fostering has the child’s interests at the centre of all our services, we will ensure an easy and efficient process takes place.