Thinking about fostering
Do you have room in your heart and your home to foster? There's lots of information here on our webpages, with stories from our foster carers and care leavers. Our team are on hand to chat to you about fostering and answer any questions you have. Please do get in touch if you're interested we would love to hear from you.Please contact our friendly team to chat and find out more.
Fostering with your local council helps ensure that looked after children remain in their home town or city. This is important to the children as it allows them to stay on at their school, near to familiar surroundings and providing stability at a time of immense change.
Kirklees council are running a campaign to recruit more foster carers to look after children of all ages.
As a foster carer you will have an important role in helping a child (or children) to understand what is happening to them and provide love and stability at a difficult time in their lives.
What we offer our foster carers:
- Specialist training
- Weekly allowance between £260 and £470 for fostering one child, plus an additional £10 per week per year of service (up to £150 per week max).
- Support from a Supervising Social Worker who specialises in foster care and additional support from education health and the child’s social worker.
- Out of hours support from the Local Authority area team
- Support group network
- Membership of fostering network providing additional support and advice
Fostering can be challenging, but our carers tell us time and time again that the rewards of caring for children and young people far outweigh any challenges.
If you think you have what it takes to support a vulnerable child or young person at a critical time in their life please contact the fostering service
Who can foster
You don't need any special qualifications, it's your experience and outlook on life that's most important.
We welcome applications from people, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. People who foster with us can be homeowners or renting, employed or unemployed, retired or on benefits and be with or without children.
To become a foster carer you'll need to:
- be over 21 years of age
- have a spare room in your house to accommodate a child
- not have committed a serious offence, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in Kirklees we do carry out necessary statutory checks
- be able to speak English to English as a Second Language Level 2
- demonstrate a suitable work-life balance, and that you’ll have the time and emotional support to meet the needs of a child
- work as part of a team, with social workers, teachers and other professionals
- be able to work with parents and other family members, as many children return home to their families
For further information you can talk to our friendly fostering team who are here to help, contact the fostering service.