Have you thought about becoming a foster carer?

Thu, 28/05/2015

If you’re thinking about providing care and support for vulnerable younger people then why not consider becoming a foster carer? Foster carer’s help provide a loving and supportive home for children and young people. This Foster Care Fortnight, 1-14 June we are urging more people to consider fostering and take the first step to find out more about what is involved.

Foster carer’s can now have their council tax costs paid for through a new allowance, saving up to £1,345 a year whilst they have a child in their care, and this applies to both existing foster carer’s and new foster carer’s. Foster carer’s are also entitled to a weekly allowance of up to £446 to offer further financial support to help look after the young people in their care.

Take the next step

If you’re interested in finding out more and taking the first step towards becoming a foster carer, call 0800 169 3497, email fostering@rbkc.gov.uk, or you can sign up for one of our drop in sessions if you are feeling unsure and want some extra guidance around foster care.

Drop-in sessions take place on the first Wednesday of every month between 10am and 4pm.

Venue: Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, W6 9JU

There are also monthly information events to further provide support for existing foster carer’s and to reassure people who might be considering becoming a foster carer.

Event Date Time Venue
Fostering information morning Thursday 4 June 2015 10am - midday Hammersmith Town Hall, W6 9JR
Fostering information evening Thursday 4 June 2015 6pm - 8pm Hammersmith Town hall, W6 9JR
Fostering information morning Thursday 25 June 2015 10am - 12 midday Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
Fostering information evening Thursday 25 June 2015 6 - 8pm Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP

Many people are eligible for becoming a foster carer as most fostering services will accept applicants aged over 21, and there is no upper age limit on being a foster carer. Foster carer’s come from all backgrounds in life, and can be single, married or LGBT. Foster carers don’t necessarily need to already be a full-time carer or parent either.

Westminster City Council shares its fostering service with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

“We would recommend fostering to anyone who wants to help make a difference in society and is prepared to put in hard work and commitment.” Francis and Irene Logan, foster carer’s since 1996.
“I feel lucky to be part of a child’s life and to pass on whatever skills and advice I can on the way”. Shaun Pearce has fostered 27 children in the last 13 years.
“There is nothing more rewarding when a child thanks you for your help with a smile.”Amina Fikri, foster carer for 15 years.

Last updated: 5 August 2016
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