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About Fostering

About Fostering

You can make a huge difference to a child or young person's life as well as to your own.

For more information read on or contact us now. By looking into fostering you are taking the first step to becoming a foster carer. You can make a huge difference to a child or young person's life as well as to your own. There are many emotional, social and economic benefits to becoming a...

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What is Fostering?

What is Fostering?

Fostering means providing a home for a child who doesn’t have one elsewhere.

Foster carers provide more than just a home. They provide love, support and a nurturing environment for children and young people. In some cases, this can mean taking a young child and providing them with a loving home through to the age of 18. In other cases it can mean supporting them for a...

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Why Anchor Foster Care?

Why Anchor Foster Care?

We are a well-established, friendly, family-run, not-for-profit independent fostering agency.

This means we do not focus on making a profit or paying shareholders dividends. Our focus is providing safety, stability and hope for the children. We know that in order to provide that we must provide carers with the same level of support as our young people. As well as this, we offer a great range...

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Can I Foster/Who Can Foster?

Can I Foster/Who Can Foster?

We welcome anyone who wants to be a foster carer.

Anyone can foster. As long as you are over 21 and can provide safety, stability and hope. In addition to this, you should ideally be in good health and be able to drive. Many people are quick to assume that they may not be able to foster. Having a criminal record, manageable health issue or...

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How Will Fostering Affect My Children?

How Will Fostering Affect My Children?

When a family considers fostering another child, every member of that family is part of that decision in some way; this includes the children.

The team at Anchor Foster Care want to make sure every placement is a success. This is why our assessment process includes a session with children in the potential foster family. We also provide extensive support for the carer's children. They play as much of a crucial part of the fostering...

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What Support Will I Receive?

What Support Will I Receive?

As a small, family-run and family-focused agency we know all our foster carers, their families and our foster children well.

This is all part of the highly personalised support service we offer. We celebrate birthdays, special occasions and achievements with flowers, gifts and recognition for all our carers, children and staff. In addition, we make welfare visits if you are unwell or facing challenges or loss. The team...

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What Training Is Included?

What Training Is Included?

The children and young people that come into care have suffered from separation, loss or abuse, and may not understand why they are in care.

We provide a top quality comprehensive training schedule including mandatory training, plus a variety of specialist training, free of charge to our foster carers. During the assessment, foster carers complete 3 days of training, including: Skills to Foster The Role of the Foster...

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Types of Placements

Types of Placements

Anchor has contracts with local authorities. This means we receive hundreds of 'Referrals' every week for children and young people to potentially match and place with our carers.

Our dedicated referral team know our carers well, and use this detailed knowledge and experience to help ensure best matches. The right match reduces the number of times a child moves home which contributes to a much better future for the children in care. A 'Placement' is when a child is in...

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Allowance

Allowance

When you are a foster carer you have a 'Foster Care Allowance'.

This allowance is broken down into two parts. The cost for looking after a foster child or young person and the professional element. The professional element is taxable. Our foster carers are self-employed, and there are generous tax allowances to encourage foster carers. Foster Carers are...

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The Assessment Process

The Assessment Process

Becoming a Foster Carer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About Foster Care & Fostering Services

If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer but have questions that you need answering, our frequently asked questions is a great place to start. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us and our team will be happy to help.

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