What Support Will I Receive?
At Lorimer Fostering we take pride in ensuring our foster carers are well looked after and supported. We understand that fostering, no matter how rewarding, can be a difficult and stressful occupation at times and we can guarantee that you are not alone, we are always there to guide you.
Our support extends way beyond than just telling you how much foster parents get paid for their allowance. We want you to be the best carer you can be so we help you in any way we can.
- Low Caseload
Lorimer believe that our carers deserve an intense level of support and in order to offer this we operate with a maximum of 12 foster carer families per Social Worker. This allows our Social Workers to devote more time to each of their carers.
- 24 Hour Support
For you, fostering is a 24 hour a day job, so we like to make sure that we are available for you 24 hours a day too. Whether you need to speak to someone night or day, someone is there for you.
- Paid Respite/Holiday and/or Days Out
Every foster carer and every foster child is different so we recognise the need to be flexible with the respite services that we offer. As a Lorimer carer you are entitled to 2 weeks respite/holiday allowance and/or days out allowance. You can break the 2 weeks (14 days) up as you see fit, for example you can take 1 weeks respite away from fostering plus 4 days additional holiday pay plus 3 separate days out additional pay. It is built to suit each and every carer and their different circumstances.
- Access to Resource Workers
We have experienced resource workers that can come and take the young person out on approved activities to give you a break when times are getting a little hard. This resource will be offered on an assessed needs-led basis.
- Mentor Scheme
Taking the journey to being an approved foster carer can be quite nerve-wracking at times and it is always reassuring to talk to someone who has been through it already. We have a group of experienced foster carers who have signed up to be a mentor should you request it. They will be available to chat on the phone or meet for coffee to talk through any anxieties that you may have about the process.
- Ongoing Training & Development
Lorimer invests time and resource into training and developing you to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to be the best that you can be. Training is offered weekdays and weekends to allow for flexibility of attendance.
- Support Groups
When you are a carer, support becomes vital especially when it is from someone who knows what you are going through! Our carers have set up their own local support groups where they meet regularly for coffee to share their experiences and meet new friends.
- Fostering Network Membership Scheme
Foster carers work extremely hard, every day. Lorimer recognise this and want to ensure that we are looking after you too! So, once you are approved as a foster carer with our agency we automatically set you up with a Fostering Network Membership. This membership provides you with access to a whole host of great benefits designed to help you in your role as a Lorimer foster carer.
- Separate Allowances for Birthdays, Christmas or other Religious Festivals
Buying presents can be expensive so we pay you additional allowances, per child, when it is their birthday, Christmas or other Religious Festivals to help with the cost.
- Financial Support
If you’re wondering how much do foster parents get paid, we pay our foster carers a competitive salary on top of all the other excellent benefits. You can find out more about it here.