Fostering Support: Advice on How Foster Parents Can Support One Another
It is great to know you are not alone on your fostering journey and that support remains available once a child arrives in your care. We have a dedicated team of local professionals on hand to support our foster carers who are providing a home for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children. We are here to help, and you can speak to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You’ll find many local community groups for foster carers to join and most offer a place to get together regularly to meet for coffee, to chat and to share life’s ups and downs. Groups are run by experienced volunteers who are foster parents themselves and will welcome every foster family into a space where they can have fun, find support, and build a network in the local area.
We work hard to create a welcoming community that offers support and friendship. We can help you connect with local groups who meet regularly to share information in a relaxed and comforting setting. From coffee mornings and family fun days to support group conferences, we have a variety of events for you.
Foster carers receive support and fostering guidance from various professionals including Carer Support Ambassadors, Clinical Psychologists, and our Lead Teacher for Education, overseen by an experienced management team.
Supervising Social Worker
As part of our commitment to you, every Compass Fostering foster carer will have a named, dedicated Supervising Social Worker who will get to know you and your family and the children you have fostered. They will be there to support you, and help with advice and guidance on any issues which may arise. You will receive regular support and supervision as you need it.
Carer Ambassadors support foster carers in different localities, helping with any specific needs identified by the social work team, such as transport or IT. Our local ambassadors play a vital role in our newly approved foster parent’s journey, and will make sure you have plenty of information so you can feel confident saying ‘yes!’ to your first foster child offer.
All our foster carers are registered with FosterTalk who provide support to foster carer households. This includes quality specialist advice and information, plus legal expenses insurance – rewarding foster carers by giving them access to a large range of discounts.
Our foster carers have created supportive, encouraging spaces for talking. Text groups and other online digital communication is also a vital part of our foster parent’s support network. We encourage our carers to get to know one another and to reach out.
Compass Fostering also organises days out for our fostering families, helping foster and birth children to get to know one another. Outings include picnics, boat rides, theme park days and many more. Days out prove really popular with our community, giving everyone the space to get to know Compass staff and other carers in their area.
Learn more about other support and benefits our foster carers receive here.
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