What is Fostering?

Fostering means providing a home for a child who doesn’t have one elsewhere.

Foster carers provide more than just a home. They provide love, support and a nurturing environment for children and young people. In some cases, this can mean taking a young child and providing them with a loving home through to the age of 18. In other cases it can mean supporting them for a specific period of time with respite care, perhaps while their usual foster carer is on holiday or needs additional support.

The young people we help have often had traumatic childhoods and they are often older teenagers with complex needs. These are often the children who need the most help.

We put our young people at the heart of everything. We give our Foster Carers all the support they need to make these children’s lives better.

In addition to practical support, all foster carers receive an allowance to cover the cost of looking after a fostered child. Our carers also receive a fee for the work that they do.

We are always looking for new foster carers, particularly to look after children and older teenagers. We also need carers for disabled children, sibling groups and parent and child placements.

Providing a foster home even for a few days or several years can be very rewarding.

If you are ready for the challenging yet rewarding nature of fostering, the team at Anchor Foster Care is here to provide all the help and advice you need.