Fostering in Bury
You could make a real difference by becoming a foster carer, even change someone’s life. Lots of people think that you need experience and qualifications, but all you need to get started is our training. In addition, we offer full 24/7 social worker support, so there will always be someone there for you. When a child is matched and placed with you, you will receive a professional carer fee.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with Bury Council in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
The Foster Care Co-operative is a not-for-profit fostering organisation. What makes us stand out from the crowd is that we’re the only fostering agency operating as a co-operative in the UK. As with other co-operative organisations, we give our ‘members’ a clear voice within the organisation. Our members include foster carers, children and staff. We also reinvest any surplus income into providing more foster care support and training.
Our nearest regional office to Bury is in Ashton-under-Lyne – which is where we hold foster carer meetings, training – and also children’s activities. The office also functions as a base for our team of social workers, managed by our Operational Manager for the North. When not based at our regional office, our social workers are stationed remotely around the North West. This enables us to support a wide area of the region.
Becoming a foster parent / carer
The initial process for becoming a foster carer includes an informal chat over the phone, followed by an application pack and a home visit.
Once you have completed an application form, your allocated social worker will commence a process called a Form F, which is a detailed written assessment split into two parts. The first part (Stage 1) will be the completion of various checks including a DBS, a medical and the collation of references. Stage 2 is a more detailed assessment which will involve you talking about your adult life and childhood, your relationships, your work and family life.
Once the Form F is completed you will attend Fostering Panel, who have to approve all new foster carers. After this, you’re ready to make a change to a child’s life!
Could you foster in Bury?
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and are aged 21 or over with a spare bedroom in your home, you can register your interest now by completing our short form below, or call us on 0800 0856 538.