At any one time there are between 70 - 80 children in the West Berkshire Area who are living with foster families... ... and more who need to be with a foster family.We need at least twelve additional foster families to help us meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people in West Berkshire. If you have a spare room and feel you may be able to help then please contact us and we will give you all the information you need to decide if fostering is for you and your family.With your help we can really make a huge difference to the wellbeing of our looked after children and young people. Help us help you to help young people.
We urgently need people to foster including emergency foster carers able to look after children for short periods of time whilst we assess their needs.
Could you help?
If you think you can please make contact with the Family Placement Team or come to one of our information evenings by clicking on the following link:
or to enquire about long term fostering opportunities click on the link below
or click on the link below to fill in our enquiry request form
Currently there simply aren't enough foster carers.
Can YOU be a foster carer?
Foster carers can be:
- single, or with a partner
- working, or not working
- renting, or owning their home
What is it all about?
Foster carers do much more than provide a home or act as substitute parents.
Fostering is about being part of a team by using your skills to help us understand the child's feelings, needs and wishes.
It's also about sometimes working with the child's family.
It may mean becoming involved with a number of agencies concerned with the child's wellbeing, by joining meetings to piece together the jigsaw and plan the future.
Training is essential to stretch your abilities and skills to help children who may have had distressing experiences.
Support groups give you a chance to learn from the experiences of other carers.
Generous allowances are paid.
It can be a very rewarding challenge!
Most children in foster care for any length of time never forget their carers.
In the West Berkshire area over 50 families or individuals are already working with us, and most have been for over five years.
Foster Carers are ordinary people just like you - doing an extraordinary job.
Please click on the links on the right hand side of this page to see more information about fostering.