Put Children First in Foster Care fortnight

Could you be a Foster Carer?

Foster Care Fortnight is here again and the purpose of this regular event is to raise awareness around the need for fostering families around the country.

All agencies contribute and support Foster Care Fortnight along with the Fostering Network who ‘figurehead’ the campaign.

Could you make that difference to a Childs life?

A spokesperson for Children First Fostering Agency said:

"Children First Fostering agency are an independent fostering agency – we are continually recruiting foster carers. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster carer, or would like to find out more information, please take a look at the website, www.cffa.co.uk or call Kim on 01268 567330.

Our aim is to provide quality care and achieve the best outcomes for the children and young people entrusted to us. We do so by working in consultation and partnership with our foster carers, local authorities, our experienced and professional social workers, and of course the children and young people we look after.

We have a very experienced and professional group of support staff with venues for support groups and training across our area. A member of that team will always be on hand to support and offer advice, out of hour’s staff also available.

A wide variety of people can become foster carers. At Children First our carers come from wide ranging cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. They might be home owners or tenants, each foster child however, will need to have his or her own bedroom.

Children and young people need space around them for their own possessions and to allow them to study, play and relax. The most important thing is that your home is welcoming and safe.

The carers have regular support groups which are well attended and carers are given the opportunity to feedback and share ideas with each other and the agency.

We also have a ‘word of mouth’ referral scheme for existing carers to make suggestions from friends and family who might like to be considered as foster carers.

As a foster carer you will need to have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person. You must also be flexible, patient and understanding. Carers receive a weekly allowance and have the support of our professional team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is guidance given to allocation of the allowance in respect of the young people placed and is paid fortnightly directly to carers, carers are self-employed.

Children First Fostering Agency have their own Mascot, Rover. He supports the carers and young people and accompanies both staff and young people on activities and days out as well as training and recruitment events.

Children First also ‘host’ events for our carers and young people throughout the year, including Easter, summer, and Christmas themed events.

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