Can I be a Foster Carer?
Find answers to frequently asked questions about becoming a foster care
You will then present to the Fostering Panel to be approved carers. This takes place at Shaw House in Newbury.
Carers are self-employed and receive an allowance rather than a wage.
These payments depend on the age of the child, or children, placed with you. Carers are not paid if they do not have a placement.
You can find out more about the different types of foster placement, here.
You will be allocated a supervising social worker who will visit monthly and support you at fostering related meetings. You will also receive an annual review, similar to an appraisal, to support your development as a carer.
You will be invited to attend the West Berkshire Foster Carers Association monthly meetings to meet with other local carers.
Foster carers can:
- be single, married, straight or gay
- be of any race, religion or faith
- have older or younger children
- live in West Berkshire or within a 20-mile radius of Newbury
- have a house, bungalow or flat
What we expect
We expect our foster carers to:
- complete their pre-approval training course
- have a child focused approach
- attend monthly supervision appointments
- have empathy
- use of their fostering allowance reasonably
- have a reflective attitude to problem solving
- have warmth and passion
- support other local carers
- have a commitment to school transport
- be inclusive within your family
- have good use of back up care
- have good attendance at key meetings