Local children need you

There are currently over 11,000 children in care across the South East but fewer than 3,000 local authority fostering families to care for them. They urgently need more people able to provide the safe, loving, and local homes they deserve.

There’s no such thing as a perfect foster carer – they’re ordinary people doing an extraordinary thing, caring for those who need it most. Could you foster?

Read on to find out more about this life-changing role, or get in touch to speak to our friendly recruitment team or local foster carers who can tell you what fostering is really like.

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What type of fostering would suit me?

Find out about the different types of fostering available and see what best suits your skills and circumstances

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What financial support do foster carers get?

Read about the fees and allowances you will receive in this professional role to help you look after children in your care

How do I start fostering?

Get more information about the journey to becoming a foster carer – from your initial enquiry, all the way through to approval and beyond

Why should I become a foster carer?

Fostering is a challenging yet deeply rewarding role, but don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at what our local authority foster carers and care experienced children have to say.

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Why foster with your local authority?

Local Authority Fostering South East is a new virtual hub, bringing together 20 councils across the region with a shared common goal – to recruit and support more amazing foster carers to provide safe, loving and local homes for children in our communities. Here’s just a few reasons why you should foster with your local authority.

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As a local authority foster carer you will provide a home for a local child. This helps them to retain some sense of consistency, minimises disruption and makes their transition into care a bit easier during a difficult and confusing time.

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From your initial enquiry to becoming an approved foster carer and beyond, you will recieve comprehesive training and support from experienced professionals, including our brilliant fostering families across the South East.

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Local authorities are not-for-profit organisations which means, unlike some fostering agencies, all the funding we receive goes directly to supporting the children in our care and the foster carers who have become part of their family.

Thinking of becoming a foster carer?

Whether you’re ready to take the first step on your fostering journey or just want some more information, we’d love to hear from you! We have a friendly recruitment team who can answer any questions you have, as well as a network of amazing local fostering ambassadors who can tell you exactly what being a foster carer is really like. Contact us today to find out more about this life-changing role.

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