Support For Foster Carers

At Compass Fostering, we look after carers as well as children

When you join Compass Fostering, you become part of a welcoming, supportive community of professionals. From the minute you make contact, our experienced team will listen to you and support you and your family every step of the way.

Our carers benefit from:

  • A realistic package of financial support that values and recognises your skills.
  • Frequent visits from our highly experienced and caring Supervising Social Workers.
  • On-going training and development, including the opportunity to access outstanding specialist training and gain professional expertise.
  • 24/7 support from local staff who get to know you, your family and the young people you are looking after.
  • Being part of our friendly, local, supportive network which meets regularly to share information and learn from each other.
  • Expert advice and guidance on all fostering related matters.
  • Membership of Foster Talk providing additional information, support and benefits.
  • An active participation group for all children associated with Compass Fostering offering activities and exciting days out throughout the year.

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.

At Compass, we aim to build a 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.

Rehana & Peter’s Story

Rehana & Peter are foster carers with Compass. Here they talk about what it means to them to be foster carers.