Support for foster carers
Each Compass Fostering foster carer will have a named Supervising Social Worker who will support you, your own children and the child(ren) you look after. You will be visited regularly, both formally and informally to talk about any issues you, your family or your child in placement may have.
Under certain circumstances we can also arrange temporary care for your fostered child to spend time in another home should you need a break. Respite care should be planned and we will help you to decide where your child should stay for a short while to give you a break.
We offer a fostering allowance for every night that a child or young person lives in your home which includes a weekly payment for carers. This is not a salary but it enables you to fully meet the needs and expenses of the fostered child. It is based on the age of the child fostered and length of service. Payments are hassle-free: they’re paid electronically, directly into your bank account. Loyalty payments are given to carers who have fostered with us for over five years.
When you choose to foster with Compass Fostering, you’ll become part of a welcoming fostering community that offers support and friendship. Our local groups meet regularly, allowing foster carers to share thoughts, experiences and information in a relaxed setting. From local coffee mornings to family fun days, from support groups to conferences, you’ll be warmly welcomed as part of the family.
Support for the fostered child
Fostering involves everyone that lives at home, not just the adult foster carers but their children and it is really important that everyone works together to make it a good experience. Compass Fostering understands how important it is for young people within fostering households to be part of fostering and we want you to feel fully involved.
We offer support, fun days out and training as well as the chance to join our participation groups for young people in fostering families. This is a friendly, lively group who meet regularly throughout the year to discuss issues and share ideas and experiences. They also have regular days out having visited London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures, the Houses of Parliament and even had a personal meeting with ‘McFly’.
It is not always easy to share your family, your things or your friends, but through fostering you will be giving another child or young person a real chance to enjoy life – you may find that being part of a fostering family can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have!