Have all of your children grown up and moved out? Is your house quiet and empty? Do you still have love to give to a child? Being in retirement can be great, but it can also be lonely and quiet. If you are wondering what to do with your empty bedrooms and your quiet house during the day, why not look into fostering?
Children that go into care are often from difficult or disadvantaged backgrounds and most have been through some form of neglect. This could lead to educational problems and development issues. Being generations older than these children will mean you would have a lot of knowledge, wisdom, and life experience the children could benefit greatly from.
Teaching children and young people the basics like manners, how to read, or making sure they get to school on time is the bare minimum of how you could help children that need your support.
Being in retirement will mean you have time to provide a child with these things so they can have the basic requirements most children take for granted.
We encourage applications from all age groups as we know that in every stage of life you experience new things and gain new knowledge.
Older people have more life experience that they can pass on to younger generations. Children that come into care need someone to guide them towards a bright future and enable them to achieve their full potential, so having someone a few generations older could be good for them as they will absorb the wisdom and knowledge from their carer.
To foster you must be fit enough to look after children and have the energy to play, do school runs, and meet the needs of the child in your care. As a part of the fostering process, we will check your health by providing our applicants with a medical form to fill in with your details which is then passed to your GP.
Other requirements are a spare bedroom, having the right to remain in the UK, and having access to travel such as having a driving license or nearby public transport to attend meetings and fulfil school runs.
* All our carers are paid above the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines.
(made to each fostering household with a placement).