Foster care – fostering children as a foster carer / parent

Foster carers support and allowances

A boy holding hands with foster parents

Foster carers are never on their own. We will support you from the moment you first contact us about becoming a foster carer, through the fostering assessment process and throughout your time fostering children in Central Bedfordshire.

Foster care support includes:

  • regular supervision and support from an allocated social worker
  • support from clinicians based within the service
  • learning and development opportunities with a comprehensive training programme throughout your assessment and following your approval
  • a fostering allowance for the child, plus a fee for you
  • support for your birth children including training and activities
  • regular fostering social events including support groups
  • paid membership to an independent Fostering charity who can provide support and guidance for you and your family
  • out of office hours telephone support which is manned by members of the fostering team and support from our Emergency Duty Team
  • getting support from a fostering network, such as mentors who are experienced foster carers
  • full detailed background information about children placed with you
  • opportunities to meet regularly with senior managers to help influence policies, procedures and practice
  • respect for you as an important member of the team supporting the child
  • involving you in policies and procedures and keep you fully informed of any changes

Fees and allowances for foster carers

As a foster carer you will receive an allowance for each child and a fee for you.

If you care for children with complex and challenging needs you could receive up to £796 per week.

Benefits of fostering a child with Central Bedfordshire Council

One of the benefits to fostering a child for Central Bedfordshire Council is that we know and place our children.

We work directly with the children, families, childcare social workers and foster carers so that we can quickly, efficiently and accurately share the relevant information to those that need it. 

There is no middle agency to deal with. 

We have also signed up to the Foster Carer Charter (link opens in new window) which is a government sponsored initiative to recognise and underpin the valuable role foster carers play in caring for vulnerable children.

Interested – then contact the fostering team

If you would like further information, please fill in our online form (link opens in new window), call the Fostering Team on 0300 300 8181 or email fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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