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Could you foster for Hillingdon Council?

Foster carers do an amazing job protecting, supporting and caring for children and young people.

Lady and laughing children

It is one of the most rewarding things that you can do, and we are looking for people from all backgrounds to become foster carers.

What is fostering?

  • Fostering is looking after someone else's child or children in your own home when their family is unable to care for them. 
  • Foster carers provide a stable family life for a child, while the council works with their family so that the child can hopefully return home.
  • Foster carers can earn up to £428.32 per week (paid when a child is in placement).

Could you foster for Hillingdon Council?

  • Are you committed to caring for someone else's child?
  • Do you have the time and space in your life to offer a home to a child in need?
  • Are you an adult aged 25 and above?
  • Do you have a spare bedroom for a child aged two years and above (carers for babies up to two years old can have a cot placed in the foster carer's bedroom if there is sufficient space)?
  • Are you a non-smoker as that is required if fostering children under five?
  • Do you agree to completing various checks such as DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and medical, as well as others?
  • Do you have some previous relevant childcare experience?

Foster carers do not need to:

  • own your home, but you do need a secure rental tenancy
  • live in Hillingdon, but should live close enough to be within travelling distance of local schools
  • be in employment, but you do need to be financially stable

Why do children need to be fostered?

Some of the reasons include:

  • a family crisis
  • parents are physically or mentally unwell
  • parental misuse of drugs or alcohol
  • children have been neglected or abused
  • children or young people have come into the UK as unaccompanied minors and need a safe place to stay

What do foster carers do? Lady and two laughing children

  • An amazing job.
  • Provide a stable and caring family environment.
  • Help children when they cannot live with their family.
  • Look after children of all ages from 0 to 18 years.

What support do foster carers receive?

  • Excellent training and development opportunities.
  • Allowance up to £428.32 per week depending on the child's age (paid when you have a child in placement).
  • Annual holiday allowance (additional 2 weeks payment per year)
  • Excellent support, including regular visits and phone calls from your supervising social worker.
  • Regular placements well matched to you and your family.
  • Support from other foster carers.
  • Regular support group meetings.
  • Family support worker available for additional support.
  • Out of hours support during evenings and weekends.
  • Close working with our dedicated team of clinical psychologists.
  • An induction programme for new foster carers.
  • Support from local services, schools, health and leisure.
  • Free individual membership to the Fostering Network.
  • Access to Hillingdon Foster Carers Association (HFCA) - peer support by in-house foster carers
  • Annual foster carers celebration

We accept applications from people from any social, ethnic, cultural or religious background and it does not matter if you are single, married, living with a partner, or in a same-sex relationship. We want foster carers from all walks of life.

If you are interested in fostering contact us today.

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