About Family First Fostering
Why Choose Us
We are a family ethos organisation where we look to place thousands of referrals with our skilled fostering households.
At Family First Fostering we aim to have a minimum of two fun days a year for yourself, the young person, your birth children and grandchildren to attend. The more the merrier! We are aware that fostering impacts the whole family and we would like to bring everyone together to celebrate and bond together.
We run monthly support groups locally for foster carers to attend and meet other carers where you share your experiences and support each other. Many foster carers act as support network for other carers and we encourage this. The agency faciliate support groups over lunch, coffee, Zoom and more.
The agency produces a yearly training schedule in advance which is ran by the staffing team and external specialised consultants when needed. The training is aimed to equip carers with the skillset to look after those children placed with them, so they have the confidence to overcome challenges. Our training is tailored to suit your interests and requirements depending on the individualist needs of the young person looked after.
Every newly approved foster carer, no matter their experience will have to complete an induction with the agency as this is good practice. Every agency runs differently and will have different guidelines and expectations. If you are new foster carer then this will give you an insight to processes and procedures but also help to reduce the nerves of receiving your first placement.
On a yearly basis we offer a yearly Christmas party where carers have the opportunity to be thanked for their good work and to let loose. At Family First Fostering it is important for our carers to feel rewarded for the work they do.
All our careers are able to get 24hrs support through the use of our out of hours system and will have the director’s landline for emergencies. Each newly approved foster carer will have their allocated supervising social worker who is on hand for support and there to guide them through fostering. The office team is also very helpful and here to support.
Family First Fostering believe it is important to empower young people to fulfil their full potential and prepare them for adulthood. As carers you teach them at home, but we also run young people workshops for teenagers during the summer holidays to assist.
Currently we are on tenders which gives us access too referrals from over 120 different local authorities. Under the testimonials sections we have feedback from different local authorities. We believe it is important to have an effective working relationship with local authorities which is in the child / young person’s best interest.
Family First Fostering are part of the memberships of Coram Baaf, Fostering Network and Fostering talks. This entitles you as Family First Fostering carer’s to a range of benefits, support and additional advice. An example of this is support from an independent advocate for advice or specialised deals with fostering mortgage companies or discounted cinema tickets.
We encourage our foster carers to develop themselves and their skills set. But also, to empower other foster carers through our fostering mentor programme for newly approved foster carers. There are opportunities for carers to present training to other carers or lead support groups.
At Family First Fostering we understand that children or young people may have challenging needs, so we are able to offer additional support in the form of support workers, therapist, education advisors and more. So please speak to us to find out more. It is important to agree a package for the young person at the time of taking placement.
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