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Foster Care

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By becoming a foster carer, you could change a child’s life, providing a family and home to somebody who is unable to be cared for by their own family.

There are different types of fostering to choose from. Depending on your circumstances, you could help a child for a few days, months, or even years. 

We will provide you with all the training and support you need to make becoming a foster carer one of the most rewarding life experiences you can have.

Fostering means being there for the child or young person and helping them to develop into a positive adult - B&NES Foster Carer 

Our carers are supported in the following ways:

  • An allocated supporting Social Worker who will visit you and your family regularly, providing individual support and advice 
  • A dedicated out-of-hours phone line for carers during the weekend, as well as an emergency number for evenings
  • Advice in relation to health and educational issues from professionals with expertise in the needs of Looked After Children. This includes help from the Virtual School, which supports children in care 
  • A clinical psychologist who provides support and guidance to our carers
  • Respite arrangements and a holiday activity programme through R2K 

"Excellent training and resources, covers everything you’ll need. There is always support from social workers and the Psychologist " - B&NES Foster Carer 

Find out more about Fostering