Fostering in Cheshire
Becoming a foster carer could be the most rewarding thing you do this year. You don’t need lots of experience and qualifications as full and comprehensive training will be provided. You will receive 24/7 support from a social worker – so you will be fully supported. When a child is matched with your household and placed with you, you will receive a professional carer fee.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester local authorities in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
As an ethical not-for-profit fostering organisation, we reinvest any surplus income into providing more foster carer support and training. We are also the only fostering agency operating as a co-operative in the UK – making us totally unique in our approach. As a co-operative, we ensure that our foster carers, children and staff have a clear voice within the organisation – and are given the opportunity to become involved in key decisions.
We cover most of the UK, but the nearest regional office to Cheshire is in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. Our office hosts foster carer meetings, training – and also children’s activities. Our team of social workers in the North West are stationed remotely to ensure that our foster carers throughout the region are supported. They are managed by our Operational Manager for the North.
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 Cheshire?
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.