Foster Care Fortnight is here again, and we couldn't be more excited! As an Ofsted outstanding fostering independent agency, we are proud to support this essential campaign that aims to raise awareness about the transformative impact of fostering on the lives of children and young people. This year, we want to celebrate the incredible work of our dedicated foster carers and invite you to become part of our fostering family.
Foster Carers are Unsung Heroes
Foster carers are the backbone of our fostering community. They open their hearts and homes to children and young people in need, providing stability, love, and guidance during critical times in their lives. Our foster carers come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of life experiences to their role, but they all share a common commitment to making a lasting difference in the lives of the young people they care for.
Why Choose Our Outstanding Fostering Agency?
As an Ofsted outstanding fostering independent agency, we pride ourselves on the comprehensive support and training we offer to our foster carers. Having been rated Outstanding by Ofsted since our inception, we are proud to have our Ofsted report front and centre for potential foster carers to read; it captures the hard work and dedication our incredible team put in every day to ensure the foster carers and young people in our care have all the support they need.
When you join our fostering family, you can expect:
- 24/7 Professional Support: Our dedicated support team is available around the clock to provide guidance, assistance, and advice whenever you need it.
- Ongoing Specialist Training: Access to ongoing training and development opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge as a foster carer.
- Paid Respite: We understand the importance of self-care and provide respite breaks to help you recharge and maintain your well-being.
- Social Events throughout the Year: Enjoy regular social events and support groups to help you connect with other foster carers and build a strong network of peers.
- Seasonal Affinity Newsletter: Stay informed and engaged with our fostering community through our seasonal newsletter.
- Vouchers and Incentives: Encourage young people to get involved in Affinity's competitions and participation projects through various vouchers and incentives.
- Careful Matching: We ensure the best possible fit between our foster carers and the young people they support by carefully considering individual needs and preferences.
- Competitive Foster Care Allowances: Receive generous financial support to ensure you can provide the best possible care for your foster child.
- Social Workers with Suitable Workloads: Our social workers are dedicated to spending time and investing in our foster carers, thanks to manageable workloads.
- Regular Contact and Meetings: Maintain open communication and receive support through regular contact with your supervising social worker.
- Local Meetings with Other Foster Carers: Connect with other foster carers in your area through local meetings and support groups.
- 2-day Foster Carer's Christmas Conference: Attend our annual Christmas conference to celebrate your achievements and network with fellow foster carers.
- Summer Allowance for Young Person's Activities: Receive additional financial support to provide enriching summer activities for the young people in your care.
- Organised Activity Holidays for our Young People: Give foster children memorable experiences through our organized activity holidays.
- Free Membership to FosterTalk: Access valuable resources, advice, and discounts through a complimentary FosterTalk membership for all our foster carers.
- Birth Children Included: We recognize the importance of family and include birth children in our events and competitions.
- Regular Keeping In Touch (KIT) Days: Stay connected with senior management
Join Us in Making a Difference:
Foster Care Fortnight is the perfect time to explore the possibility of becoming a foster carer. If you're interested in learning more about fostering with our agency or have any questions, please get in touch with our friendly team. We would be more than happy to discuss your individual circumstances and guide you through the process of becoming a foster carer.
The team at Affinity Fostering would like to express our immense gratitude to our dedicated foster carers for the life-changing work they do every day. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Let's celebrate Foster Care Fortnight and spread the word about the incredible impact of fostering.