I want to foster, but I don’t know where to start!
People are often initially put off starting their journey to becoming a foster carer simply because they don’t know where to start. Being a foster carer is a job like no other. The carers at Lorimer provide supportive and loving care to children and young people within their own homes, which is not always an easy task. Foster parenting is frustrating at times, but the difference it can make to a child’s life is massively rewarding.
So where do you start?
Once you’ve made your initial enquiry with Lorimer, our team will contact you. They will ask you questions to find out which type of fostering placements would best suit your experience and expectations of fostering.
It’s also important that at this point, we let you know more about the fostering role so that you know what to expect as a Lorimer carer. We have a dedicated team who specialise in speaking to those interested in fostering, and you can ask them any questions that you have.
The initial questions that we’ll ask you include:
Are you over the age of 21?
This is because the fostering regulations which state that you must be over the age of 21 to foster a child or young person.
Do you have a spare bedroom?
The minimum standards for fostering state that a child who is in foster care must have their own bedroom. This is to provide them with a space they can call their own.
Why do you want to Foster
There’s no pretending that fostering is a lucrative job – we pay our carers well because we appreciate that what they do is important and worthy. We do however want all of our carers to become foster carers for the right reasons, and not simply for monetary reasons.
You need to want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and offer them a loving and stable environment.
All young people in care will have come from very different backgrounds, so we always need different types of carers to meet their needs. There is no such thing as an ‘ideal carer’ or an ideal kind of foster parent – so never think your background, income or employment history could ever effect you becoming a carer.
Interested in taking your first steps?
There are numerous ways you can get in touch. Take a look and start your journey today here!