Contact FSG on 08000 354 070 / 0208 778 9669

Fostering with us

About fostering with us

Fostering Support Group (FSG) has been placing children with foster families for over 20 years. We are incredibly proud to be a fostering agency with a very low placement breakdown rate. This, we believe, is down to ensuring that we thoroughly train and prepare foster carers in an engaging and relaxed manner. Then, once you become a foster carer, we take care of you, with dedicated support and advice. Simply put, we are there for you when you need us.

The children

Everything we do is focused on finding positive outcomes and solutions for children and young people in care, whether they require short- or long-term solutions. We believe that this is achieved by recruiting, training and supporting our foster carers to the very highest standards, and putting in place the resources and assistance they require to meet the needs of the children they look after.

But that is just the start. As part of CareTech, we are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for young people, and we do this by working as a team with our carers. We provide excellent training and support to ensure that children’s outcomes improve. We are always looking for carers who are committed to supporting children and young people, and who are able to celebrate their achievements, however large or small.

Meeting the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda means that all our foster carers promote the wellbeing of the children they look after in their health, education, social interaction and community involvement.

Our aim is to ensure that children and young people remain safe, will eventually go on to enter further education and employment, and enjoy a bright, secure future.

Training and support

Financial support

In addition to the many emotional rewards offered by fostering, the role you perform also comes with financial benefits:

  • As an FSG foster carer, you receive highly competitive fostering rates in recognition of the professional, highly significant job you perform. The standard rate starts at £380 and £760 for the enhanced package.
  • FSG foster carers also enjoy extra tax breaks in the UK. Plus, in many situations, the money you receive from fostering doesn’t affect any benefits you may currently be receiving. Our social workers are available to discuss any aspect of foster carer finances with you.
  • Every carer is given two weeks of paid respite each year.
  • Every child in placement receives an annual Holiday Grant of £400.
  • We may also offer additional payments and benefits, based on the needs of each individual child.
  • We also pay an incentive to carers who recommend friends who subsequently become foster carers.

In addition FSG will also offer

  • Your own dedicated supervising social worker who will support you with all your care requirements.
  • Ongoing professional training.
  • Fostering Support Group also arranges special events for our carers, staff and children. Each year, we hold an Awards Ceremony to recognise our Young People’s achievements, a dinner dance and annual conference for carers and staff.
  • We also arrange summer activities and fun-outings for carers, young people and staff, and consult with our carers as to what shape the activities should take.

For more information 08000 354 070

Assessment process

Our highly respected assessment process has been designed to ensure that fostering is right for you and your home. It also ensures that the children we place with you suit your capabilities as a foster carer. The process takes four to five months from start to finish, and all of your questions, concerns and choices will be discussed in-depth.

Step 1:

After discussing your initial enquiry about fostering, we will complete a short questionnaire. This is done over the phone and enables us to gather some basic information to help start assessing suitability and what type of fostering best suits you and your circumstances.

Step 2:

A member of the fostering team will visit you at home to discuss fostering in more detail, and look at the space you have available for a foster child. We can also answer any questions you may have at this stage.

Step 3:

If it is agreed by both parties that the assessment should proceed, your social worker will complete a BAAF* Form F assessment, including discussions about your background, experiences, parenting skills and the qualities you will bring to fostering.

Together with the social worker, you will provide evidence of your ability to care for babies, children or young people. The assessment will also involve talking to your children, any adult offspring who have left home and ex-partners where applicable. You will also be asked to undertake some ‘homework’ tasks, which your social worker will support you in completing.

*British Association for Adoption & Fostering

Step 4:

As part of the assessment process, you will be invited to attend a three-day training course for prospective foster carers. This training will cover a variety of topics in order to prepare you for your role as a foster carer.

We complete statutory checks such as DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service), Local Authority, NSPCC and health checks on applicants and also statutory checks on members of the household over 16 years of age and members of the applicants’ support network. You will then read and sign the final report before it is presented to the FSG Fostering Panel.

Step 5:

Your Form F assessment will be presented for approval to our Fostering Panel, which is made up of up to 10 people from a range of different professions. Based on the assessment, they will reach a decision as to the type of young people you will be approved to care for, taking into consideration their age, sex and fostering needs. Once approved by the Panel, you will be registered as a foster carer.

Transferring from agencies

If you are already registered with another agency but are interested in transferring to Fostering Support Group, we’d love to hear from you. We can discuss a transfer, the reason behind it and whatever the outcome, provide you with objective advice.

There are different processes to follow, depending on whether you currently have a child or young person in a placement with you. Naturally, if you have a child in placement, their best interests are paramount and there will be specific considerations and protocols to follow to ensure this happens. If you don’t have a child in placement, you will need to write to your fostering agency or Local Authority to inform them. Usually 28 days’ notice is required. We will also talk to your existing agency to discuss your transfer and in turn, process the move smoothly.

It is also important to note that foster carers transferring to Fostering Support Group will be required to undertake our Form F assessment and initial training, and have to go before the FSG Panel for approval before fostering for us.

Express your interest

We are currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic foster carers. To enquire about joining our team, please fill in the fields below.

For more information on becoming a foster carer, please email us at fsginfo@fosteringsupportgroup.com or call us on 0208 778 9669