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What is fostering?

 

Fostering means providing a home and caring for a child or young person who needs looking after on a temporary or permanent basis.

There are around 750 children in care in Suffolk, and a range of different types of fostering possibilities.

Fostering is a challenging, but rewarding experience.

What do foster carers do?

 

As a foster carer you can make a real difference to a child's life, providing them with the nurturing home life they need to give them every chance of a happy childhood to succeed in life.

We have a community with over 350 carers in Suffolk. It's a big commitment to become a carer, but is extremely worthwhile.

 

Why become a foster carer?

 

  • Make a real difference to a child’s life
  • Enrich your own family life by gaining new insights, interests and skills
  • Develop your own skills and career opportunities through support and training, including a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare
  • Be part of a team, the largest family in Suffolk with over 350 foster carers

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Why foster with Suffolk?

 

  • The council is the longest established provider of fostering services and is accountable to the public. We're focused on maximising local resources rather than maximising profits
  • We have direct access to a range of therapeutic and support services for children and their foster carers
  • We offer 24-hour support and up to 21 days paid leave
  • We have a competitive fees and allowances structure

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Who can become a foster carer? You can be:

 

  • married, single or living with a partner
  • in full-time or part-time employment, or unemployed
  • male, female or transgender

  • disabled or non-disabled
  • a parent or childless (with experience of looking after children or young people)
  • any race, religion or culture
  • any age over 21 (or 16 for link befriending), and fit enough to meet the needs of the age group you're fostering (age needn’t be a barrier to fostering)

  • a home owner, or living in rented accommodation

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Discover the right type of fostering for you

Read about different types of foster care

 

 

 "I have found that it can be a pleasure to plan things for someone else."

- Helen, foster carer

Read Helen's story 

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