Right now there is a shortage of foster carers in and around Erith (there are around 227 children and teenagers in the borough living with foster parents). That’s why we’re looking for dedicated people to help change their lives.
Young people come into care for many different reasons, but they all have the same thing in common, they need stable homes and loving people to take care of them.
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.
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.