Fostering In St Albans

There’s a real shortage of foster parents in St Albans and so we’re looking for more passionate and committed individuals who can help us build brighter futures for children in care.

Whether you’re experienced or new to fostering, our extensive training and support package provides you with everything you need to make a real difference. This includes regular supervision with your dedicated social worker, a first-class training programme delivered locally and access to 121 support for the young people in your care. As part of the Fosterplus family, you’ll never feel alone.

If you’re ready to take your first step into fostering, speak to our friendly advisers today.

Who can foster in St Albans?

The minimum requirements to apply to become a foster parent are that you must;

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have spare room
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Have a strong desire to nurture a child in care

If you meet these criteria and would like to learn more, then we’d love to speak to you. We’ll be there every step of the way!

Proud of the outcomes we achieve

We achieve successful, stable foster care placements through building strong relationships with our foster families; by understanding their strengths, vulnerabilities, family dynamics, and training and support requirements, we’re able to carefully match their skillset with the needs of children in care.

Successful outcomes always start with the quality of the matching – and we take extra care when placing a child with a family to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for all.

St Albans fostering allowances

You’ll receive a generous weekly fostering allowance when a young person is placed with them. This fee comprises of two elements;

  • A child allowance to cover all expenditure in relation to the child in your care
  • A foster parent fee to reward you for undertaking the fostering task

As well as two weeks paid respite, you’ll also receive a birthday and religious festival allowance, annual training bonus and long term placement bonus, plus the opportunity to receive bonuses for successfully recommending friends to Fosterplus.

Types of foster care

We provide a variety of different foster care placements to meet the needs of children and young people in care, including;

  • Interim foster care – these are the most common type of foster placement and can vary in length from a couple of weeks to a couple of years. The children involved may be going through care proceedings or waiting to be adopted. Alternatively, their parents may be temporarily unable to care for them, through illness or other circumstance.
  • Long term foster care – these placements allow children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted, to live in a stable, caring family environment until they become adults.
  • Emergency care – sometimes, a child may be removed from their birth family at short notice if there are concerns around their safety and wellbeing. This can happen at any hour of the day, so an emergency foster placement is required while the child’s care plan is reviewed.
  • Short break foster care – these are carefully planned foster placements that provide foster parents with a short break from fostering. Children will stay with other familiar foster parents for a short period of time.
  • Parent and child fostering – these may be pre-birth placements, to help the mother prepare for the arrival of her baby. Or they may be a parent who needs some help to learn basic care skills, and how to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their child.
  • Specialist placements – some children have specialist needs – perhaps because they have a disability, or they have come to the UK seeking asylum and have little or no English skills. At Fosterplus, we will provide you with full specialist training to ensure you’re able to care for these specialist needs.

Already fostering?

We try to make things as simple as possible to transfer to us, if you’re looking to change from your current foster care agency or local authority.

The first things to do is to speak to our fostering advisers and we’ll arrange to visit you at home to have an informal chat about what’s involved.

“Fosterplus have an excellent matching process, giving us peace of mind that we had the skills and experience needed to care for any child who came into our home.”

Become a foster parent today

The fact is that anyone can apply to be a foster parent. You can contact a fostering agency such as Fosterplus to discuss whether becoming a foster parent is for you. Fostering is simply providing nurture, care and sustenance to children and young people who are, through no fault of their own, left vulnerable to the world.

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Meet our St Albans team

Angela

Registered Manager

Mel

Senior Team Administrator

Juliet

Supervising Social Worker

Georgina

Social Work Assistant

Jess

Supervising Social Worker

“Foster carers benefit from a wide range of training that most use to inform their effective responses to, and management of, children’s behaviour”

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