Transfer to us
If you are already a foster carer and are unhappy with your agency then it is entirely your choice whether you stay or speak to another agency with a view to transferring to them!
If you find yourself in this situation then we, at Lorimer Fostering, are here to support you and we will do what we can to offer advice and guidance on the steps you will need to take.
Why Transfer to Lorimer?
As a Lorimer foster carer you’ll be at the heart of our service. So, you can expect to receive the highest levels of support from the very beginning. We take great pride in the ongoing support we offer and are always applauded for this.
- Respite – 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.
- Additional Allowances – birthdays and Christmas can be expensive occasions so we pay a separate allowance, per child, to help ease the pressures of buying presents.
- 24/7 support – access to fostering professionals all day, every day with regular visits from your Supervising Social Worker.
- Membership Scheme – our carers are automatically signed up to the Fostering Network membership scheme where you will have access to a whole host of great benefits to help you within your role as a foster carer.
- Training – advance your skills with our comprehensive training schedule including weekend sessions.
- Extended support – access to our Support Workers on an assessed needs-led basis.
How Do I Transfer?
You will still be required to complete a full assessment, very similar to the process you went through to become approved with your current agency. However, given you are already fostering it takes a lot less time to complete and it should be very straightforward.
There are some slight differences though and those will all depend on whether or not you have a child in placement.
I have a child in placement –
Ensuring that the child’s interests and wellbeing remain the priority we will sit down with your current agency and the local authority to discuss how to go forward to ensure minimal disruption. You don’t need to worry we will guide you and assist along the way.
I do not have a child in placement –
Then all that you are required to do is provide your current agency with a letter outlining your wish to give 28 days notice. Once this has been done you can then make a formal application to us. We will need to obtain a reference from your current agency as part of the assessment process.
What do I do next?
Please get in touch, it’s that simple! We will arrange to come and see you for an informal chat about what’s involved and what the next steps are.