Fostering

2019 is the year to Foster with Bucks. With our newly revised allowance structure, bespoke training courses and committed approach to our carers – we have the power to make a huge difference with every new applicant to join our growing team of foster carers. 109773a3-3fd2-40e9-829f-b7c91f23d575

To become a foster carer you need to have a spare room exclusively for the foster child; be over the age of 21; and passionately want to make a real difference in a vulnerable child’s life. We work with children from a variety of backgrounds and of all ages. Right now, Buckinghamshire County Council has over 500 looked-after children in its care, but is only able to place half of these children within the local area – whilst some of these cases are an intentional relocation, many come down to the availability of carers. We need more people to help us look after them and every new foster carer makes a huge difference.

 

In return we are PROACTive with our offer to foster carers:

  1. Placements: you will have a greater opportunity of having children placed with you, as we will approach in-house carers as soon as a placement is required. Our carers have access to all placement requests.
  2. Respite: you will be offered respite care arrangements to allow you to have a short break during placements.
  3. Outcomes: you will be close to ‘the team around the child’ enabling more effective care.
  4. Allowances: you will be entitled to competitive fees, extra allowances including mileage, clothing allowances, set up fees etc.
  5. Carers: you will have the opportunity to join a close, well supervised carer network with regular groups, socials and meetings.
  6. Training & Therapeutic Support: you will have the opportunity to access regular and comprehensive training and support from psychologists.

 

If you want to find out more about what’s involved, sign up now to one of our Fostering Information Events.

Our informal and welcoming information sessions cover all the facts, joys and challenges surrounding fostering. Any questions you have will be answered directly by our experienced team of recruitment officers. You will hear first-hand accounts from our long-term foster carers and the children they have cared for.

Our next event takes place on:

 

  • Wednesday 13 March at Micklefield Community Centre, Centre Approach, Micklefield Road, High Wycombe, HP13 7FY

 

If you can’t make that date, take a look at our website where you can find details of other events taking place across the county throughout the year.

 

Single, married, disabled, from any ethnic or religious background or the LGBT community… Foster Carers come from all sorts of backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is that they like children and are truly committed to helping them have the start in life they deserve.

 

If you think you’re up to the challenges associated with the rigours of parenting then please get in touch now to start your journey with us.

 

How to contact

If you are interested in fostering, please get in touch.

Online: fostering enquiry form Email: fosterwithbucks@buckscc.gov.uk Telephone: 0800 160 1900

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Fostering Information and Support

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Services

Find out more about the different types of Fostering, the process or hear from Foster Carers.

Visit http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/social-care/children-and-families/fostering/http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/social-care/children-and-families/fostering/

Call 0800 160 19000800 160 1900

Call firststep@buckscc.gov.uk firststep@buckscc.gov.uk

New Family Social

Buckinghamshire County Council is a member of New Family Social, the UK network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adoptive and foster families

Visit http://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/ http://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/

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