Fostering in Stockport
Not many people can say that they have managed to change someone’s life. You could make a difference by becoming a foster carer. Previous childcare experience is not necessary, as full training will be provided. Along with 24/7 support from a dedicated 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 Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
As a fostering organisation, we do things differently. As well as being an ethical, not-for-profit organisation we are the only fostering agency operating as a co-operative in the UK. This means that we involve foster carers, children and staff in key decisions within the organisation. We are also not-for-profit – which is how foster care should be: reinvesting surplus income into providing more foster care support and training.
One of our regional offices is located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. This gives us a base to support foster carers in the local area. Our team of social workers, overseen by our Operational Manager for the North, are based around the region in order to be available to foster carers should they need assistance or support. Our Ashton-under-Lyne office is also where we hold foster carer meetings, training and also children’s activities.
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 Stockport?
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.