Fostering in Greater Manchester
Every day, foster carers change children’s lives. You could do the same. You don’t need any childcare experience, although it would be an advantage, as full training will be provided. Additionally, you will receive full 24/7 support from a social worker, along with a professional carer fee when a child is placed with you.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with local authorities in Bury, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Wigan and Manchester in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
As we are the only fostering organisation operating as a co-operative in the UK, we are proud of how unique we truly are. Our co-operative status means that we give our foster carers, children and staff the opportunity to become involved in various decisions within the agency. We are also not-for-profit, meaning that any surplus income is ploughed back into the organisation to provide more foster care support and training. This is how fostering should be.
Even though we cover most of the UK, one of our regional offices is in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. This is where we hold foster carer meetings, training and also children’s activities – as well as being a base for our social workers in the area. Our Operational Manager for the North oversees a team of social workers who are able to fully support foster carers and the children placed with them.
We also conduct foster carer recruitment events in the area, at venues such as Arndale Shopping Centre, giving people the opportunity to come along and meet us.
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 Greater Manchester?
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.