Barking & Dagenham Needs New Foster Carers

Your community needs you to foster!

There is a shortage of foster carers in Barking & Dagenham, and the problem has been getting worse over the past few years.

As London’s fostering agency, GLF is committed to helping fill the shortfall of carers in the borough.

Our mission is to be able to offer the best possible home to every child that comes to care and to do this we need more foster carers. If there are not enough foster carers available in Barking & Dagenham then children will be moved away from their friends, family and communit

How to become a foster carer:

  • Arrange a call with a member of our recruitment team
  • Have an initial visit (virtually) to learn more about fostering and how it would fit into your lifestyle
  • Join us for Skills to Foster training – a detailed two day training course
  • Complete an application
  • Begin your assessment
  • Become an approved foster carer

Let’s get started

If you have a spare bedroom and a good level of availability then there shouldn’t be anything holding you back. The next steps are up to you 🙂

 

It might surprise you to learn that someone carers are paid as much as £100 less to foster with other agencies, this is because GLF believes that as you the carer is the one doing the hard work, you need to be well compensated. We couldn’t do this without you, so we want to make sure you know this.

Our fostering payment is a weekly amount of money, which includes the costs for caring for a child, as well as a reward element. We avoid making one off payments for things like birthdays, as we think it’s simpler and more straight forward to give you a fixed weekly fee.

GLF carers currently receive the following amounts:

  • £425 To care for a child 0-10
  • £450 To care for a child aged 11+
  • £550-1600 for more enhanced children, who’s needs are significantly higher or more complex.

I know other non GLF carers are shocked at how much more I get to foster, to basically do the same as them. Some have even transferred as a result.

Andrea A

You probably have a lot of questions about fostering.

Luckily we have a lot of experience, so can usually answer them honestly. We are really happy to have an informal chat with you, about fostering, whether you are suitable, and what it’s really like. So why not arrange a 15 minute call – we promise you it will save you several hours of searching the internet for answers, plus, we really love talking to people about fostering.