Starting your Fostering Journey Doesn't need to be scary
Starting Your Fostering Journey Doesn't Need To Be Scary
Embarking on your fostering journey may seem daunting at first. However, with the right support, guidance, and information, it can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. At Greater London Fostering, we're here to reassure you that beginning your fostering journey doesn't have to be scary. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to become a confident and successful foster carer.
Seek Information and Understand the Process
A significant factor in alleviating your anxieties about fostering is understanding the process. Visit our detailed Fostering Guide to learn about the different stages of your journey, from making the decision to become a foster carer, the assessment and approval process, and ongoing support after you have started fostering.
Assess Your Suitability for Fostering
You may have concerns about whether you're suitable to become a foster carer. The truth is that foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and family compositions. Visit our Who Can Foster page to learn more about the eligibility criteria and characteristics that make a successful foster carer. Remember, your life experience, patience, understanding, and resilience are invaluable qualities that can positively impact a child's life.
Discover the Different Types of Fostering
Fostering is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are several types of fostering available to suit your specific circumstances and preferences. These can include short-term or long-term placements, respite care, emergency fostering, or caring for children with specific needs or disabilities.
Find the Right Fostering Agency
Choosing the right fostering agency plays an essential role in ensuring a positive fostering experience. At Greater London Fostering, we pride ourselves on providing personalized support and guidance tailored to each carer's unique situation. Moreover, our agency offers a competitive allowance and pay structure to financially support our foster carers.
Receive Comprehensive Training and Support
Quality training and support can ease your fears about starting your fostering journey. At Greater London Fostering, we offer comprehensive training to ensure our carers are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge required for their role. Visit the Training section of our website to learn more about the courses and sessions available, and remember that the training comes at no cost to you.
Additionally, fostering is not a journey you embark on alone. Our experienced team is here to provide ongoing support throughout your fostering experience, ensuring you feel confident and empowered to handle all the challenges and joys that fostering brings.
Ask Questions and Seek Advice
Asking questions and seeking advice are essential for alleviating any doubts or fears you may have about fostering. Our helpful FAQ section provides answers to many common queries, from foster carer payments and eligibility criteria to understanding the fostering process.
Remember, starting your fostering journey doesn't have to be scary. With the right information, support, and resources at your fingertips, you can embark on this incredible journey knowing you have the backing of a dedicated, experienced team committed to your success. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of children who need a safe, loving, and nurturing home.
If you're ready to take the first step, ask for more information, or contact our team today to discuss your fostering journey.
All our carers are champions for children
one of the qualities we look for, and help build in our foster carers, is to be champions for the children they care for.
“I talked to loads of fostering agencies, none quite felt right, until i spoke to James at GLF”
“My carers have given me the stability I needed in order to complete school, and the support I needed to believe in myself !”
Happy foster carers makes for happy children
“I don’t call my foster carers carers, I call them my parents, because that’s what they became. even though I’m now in my twenties, I still go back to them every Sunday for my roast dinner. ”
“I have never been pushed so hard to achieve things. At first I really didn’t like it, then I started to realise this was exactly what I needed, people kept asking me what my SPARK was, and honestly, without my foster parents, and D, their social worker, I probably wouldn’t have found it”
Change a life, foster!
We can honestly say, becoming a foster parent will change your life, and that of a young persons. All they need to succeed is your guidance, support and love.
It couldn’t be easier – give us a call on 020 8347 8741, or start an online chat. If it’s late, we might not be online, but you can always send us a question/message via whatsapp and we will reply first thing tomorrow.
Well we put carers and children at the heart of everything.
We always choose the right thing to do, even if that is sometimes the difficult thing.
Every agencies pays it’s carers differently, so make sure to ask.
GLF carers are some of the best paid in London, our rates are:
£450 for a child aged 0-10
£475 for a child aged 11=
£550-£1600 for an enhanced placement, depending on complexity
The above are per week, per child, and unlike other IFAs, you don’t have any money deducted for sibling groups. So if you care for an 11 year old, and their 14 year old brother, you’ll receive £900 a week.
We’ll we’re family run, so we decide where to put the money. We think as carers do the real hard work, they should get paid fairly.
We don’t scrimp in other areas, so you’ll still expect amazing support, it’s just we don’t waste money in other areas. If it doesn’t add value to you and the children you care for, we don’t spend money on it!
Greater London Fostering (GLF) is a leading independent fostering agency based in London, with over 20 years of experience recruiting, training and supporting high-calibre foster carers. Our aim is to provide nurturing homes for children in need.
At GLF, we offer a comprehensive training programme covering a range of topics related to fostering, including child development, safeguarding, behaviour management, and therapeutic parenting. We provide ongoing 24/7 advice and support, along with a generous weekly allowance to assist with child care. In addition, we hold regular engaging family events.
To become a GLF foster carer, the journey starts with an informal chat followed by a home visit and a detailed two-day course. The final stage is a four-month assessment where we explore your background and motivations for fostering.
We pride ourselves on our personalised approach and our commitment to supporting our carers, along with a competitive financial package and continuous training. Our goal is to make our carers feel like part of our family.
Children who require foster care come from diverse backgrounds and have unique needs. They can be any age, and many have faced difficult experiences and require a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment. At GLF, we strive to match our foster carers with children aligned with their preferences and circumstances.
Fostering can present challenges, but it also provides a sense of fulfilment, promotes empathy, and broadens your family’s understanding of the world. At GLF, we’re here to advise and support foster families through this experience.