We are really sorry that children can’t live with their birth families, and need foster carers – but given they do, we need to find the best homes for them. Can you help?
At the moment there is a shortage of foster carers in and around Addington and we need to recruit 5 new fostering families to help give homes to local children, who otherwise might have to be moved out of the area.
If you would like to find out how you can get involved then you can download our guide to fostering. It’s got lots of useful information and will hopefully answer a few of your questions.
Otherwise, just give us a call on 0208 347 8741 and we’ll tell you more about how you can make a real difference to your community.
As a GLF foster carer you receive fantastic support – which is 24/7 – we are always there to help.
You also receive financial support.
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.
We asked our carer Jacqui, what's the best thing about fostering?
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.
You will be assigned an assessor once you start the process of applying to become a foster carer with us. You will then be assigned a permanent supervisor once you are approved. Your supervisor helps to place children with you who are most suited to your family. They will support you throughout the time that the child lives with you, whether that be for days or years. They will help you to be the child’s advocate on day-to-day issues as well as when problems arise. They will also help you to foster the child’s cultural and religious identity, as well as accessing services they might need such as specialist health and school amenities.
Unlike some fostering agencies, your own supervisor will be there to help in any emergency, whatever the time of day. We have an out of hours system in place so that if you cannot get hold of your supervisor, there will be someone you can talk to. We also schedule monthly visits to your home. This is a chance to see how things are going and stalk about any issues you have. If you need to see us more than once a month, that can easily be arranged.