If you come from a religious background it can be difficult to know if fostering is for you. We all want to help children who need a home, but what if they support different beliefs?
Absolutely not. We accept people from all different backgrounds, religions, heritages, and faiths. We strongly believe that a child who comes from a religious background would benefit greatly from being placed into a foster home that practices the same beliefs. Matching placements in accordance with religion is important to us, as we know it will be the best outcome for both the foster carer as well as the child.
You always have a say in what children you would prefer to foster. This is discussed at the start of the fostering process. We will then review all our foster carers when we have a child ready for placement. We would never give our foster carers a child we didn’t think would be a good fit, whether that be due to their age, behaviour, or religious beliefs.
Yes, we offer training and support to all our foster carers. This includes preparation training, and after you are approved we will support you to complete the Children’s Workforce Development Council Fostering Standards within your first year of fostering.
We also offer an ongoing comprehensive training programme which covers a range of different topics.
Alongside our training, you will be allocated a qualified Supervising Social Worker who is on hand to always help, and, if necessary, we have an out of hours service, enabling you to access support 24 hours a day, every day of the year.