Futures for Children began with two social workers, both of whom had been foster carers, who decided to offer a better service than other independent agencies and local authorities were providing."
Futures for Children provides, through a flexible, caring and imaginative foster care service, an opportunity for all our children and young people to become valued members of tomorrow’s society.
Looked after children represent the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. At Futures for Children it is our objective to provide support and conditions in which these most vulnerable young people can thrive and achieve a positive outcome from their time spent in foster care. There is much work to be done to redress the disadvantages these children have experienced and little time to do this before they become independent young adults.
Fostering can be a challenging task but it is also one of the most rewarding. Here at Futures for Children we are committed to working with you at every step toward becoming a foster carer and ultimately offering children get a better chance in life.
We're pleased that you would like to register your interest in fostering with Futures Group.
To give your application the best chance please ensure you meet the prerequisites below:
Have a spare bedroom
Are over 21 years of age (there is no upper age limit)
Have experience of interacting with children or young people
We're always looking for foster carers from different cultural, religious and racial backgrounds, single people, couples (whether married or living together, with or without children). Together we can make a difference to children's lives.
Support to Foster Carers
Named Supervising Social Workers
Once approved you will receive ongoing support from a named qualified and experienced Social Worker.
Named Supervising Social Workers Induction Training Programme TSD Standards Supervision Meetings Support Groups Education Consultants Therapeutic Service Training Telephone Support Out of Hours Service Financial Support Respite Individual membership to Fostering Network
Induction Training Programme
Following your approval you will be invited to attend a 'Foundation Course' which will give you further advice and training to prepare you for your placement.
Support to achieve a national qualification designed specifically for new foster carers over your first year of fostering.
Supervision meetings usually take place at your home on a monthly basis, although this can be increased if needed.
These meetings provide opportunities to meet with other foster carers and share their experiences as well as hearing from Social Workers of any developments in the organisation and the wider world of fostering.
Access to consultants who are available to support children and young people’s education.
Access to our Therapeutic Service providing specific support to foster carers at times of stress.
Each foster carer has an Individual Development Plan; your Supervising Social Worker will complete this with you and identify your specific training and development needs.
Access to telephone support is available to all foster carers during working hours. This could be available through the local office or directly through mobile phone access. There is always someone at the end of the phone.
Out of Hours Service
A telephone advice line is available outside of working hours 365 days a year.
Regular payments exceeding the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines are made to each fostering household with a placement.
Foster carers will be entitled to respite in line with the child’s Care Plan.
Membership to Fostering Network
This allows foster carers access to the services provided by this recognised body.
We want for children what we want for ourselves: to achieve our potential no matter where we come from or which challenges we meet along the way."
- Nick Barnsby, Director
We Are Here To Guide You
Speak to a foster care adviser now.
Call: 01908 587666
Ready to change a young person's life?
* All our carers are paid above the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines. (Made to each fostering household with a placement).