Fostering in Herefordshire
If you live in Herefordshire, you could become a foster carer and change a child’s life. You don’t necessarily need any previous experience as full training will be given – along with 24/7 support from your allocated social worker. You will also receive a professional carer fee when a child is placed with you.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with Herefordshire Council in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
As the only not-for-profit fostering organisation operating as a co-operative in the UK, we’re different. We listen to our staff, foster carers and children in order to quickly and efficiently improve our approach to foster care. As we don’t commercially profit from fostering, we are able to reinvest surplus income after expenses into providing more foster care support and training. This is how foster care should be.
The head office is situated in Worcestershire – and the region is overseen by one of our Operational Managers who ensure foster carers and the children they look after are fully supported.
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 Herefordshire?
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and are aged 18 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.