Fostering in Merseyside
Could you change a young person’s life? Becoming a foster carer could be one of the most rewarding choices you will ever make. You don’t need childcare experience, as you will be provided with full training. We offer 24/7 social worker support, so you will never be left on your own. 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 councils across Merseyside, Liverpool, St Helens and the Wirral in order to support the need for foster carers in the region. There is a particular need for foster households that can support babies & toddlers (0-4 years) and sibling groups (2 or more children from one family).
Are you ready to foster?
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 at the bottom of this page, or call us on 0800 0856 538.
Our North West Regional team would love to have an informal chat with you to explore your fostering options.
Where You Can Meet Us
If you are in New Brighton 19th Sept come along to The Model Shop and find us in the Waiting Room Cafe from 10am to 12 noon. We’d love to meet you and help answer questions you may have about becoming a foster carer.
We give foster carers the opportunity to get involved and have their say through our online Carer Forum and local regional Carer Support Groups
Our team of social workers are based around the North West of England. Julie Hough Operational Manager (North) helps ensure our foster carers are fully supported.
Becoming a foster parent / carer
We start with an informal chat over the phone. Then we follow up with an application pack for you to complete and we set up a home visit by one of our social workers.
Next we commence a process called a Form F, which is a detailed assessment. At Stage 1 we do various checks including a DBS, a medical and references. Stage 2 looks in more detail about your adult life and childhood, your relationships, your work and family life.
Once Form F is completed we invite you to a Fostering Panel, which is the final step to approve all new foster carers.
After this, you’re ready to make a change to a child’s life!