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?
Right now there is a shortage of foster carers in and around Richmond, there are around 50 children and teenagers in the borough who need foster families. 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.
Fostering isn’t always easy, like anything worth doing in life, it takes a lot of hard work, but you really can make a difference…
“My mum had been a foster carer for many years and I had been very involved in helping her with the children in her care. I then had a light bulb moment and thought I could do what I do best (looking after children) in my own home.”
“The most challenging part of fostering is having a young person who doesn’t want to be in care and you’re trying to make them feel comfortable and they just ain’t having it. The most rewarding is having a child say they really enjoy being in your home and you can see the change in them for the better.”
“If you’re thinking about it that means you’re half way there.”
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.