What can you expect as a foster carer in Worcestershire?

As a foster carer for Worcestershire Children First Fostering (WCFF) you can expect:

  • you will be the first pool of carers we contact ahead of any outside agencies
  • regular placements
  • fees and generous allowances paid
  • retainer payments when vacant
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • respite as required
  • excellent training and personal development opportunities
  • regular one-to-one’s with a dedicated fostering social worker
  • specialist education and health support
  • concessionary leisure passes
  • strong support network

In addition to the support you will receive from your fostering social worker, a child in placement will also have their own social worker to assist you in caring for that child. Outside of normal office hours you will still be able to access the support from a duty social worker.

Despite the extensive level of professional support we also acknowledge the importance of contact with colleagues doing the same job. This provides the potential for developing friendships, and mutual support by sharing experiences and methods of managing different situations. Foster carers meetings and networks also ensure that carers are kept in touch with developments in Worcestershire and nationally in relation to foster care.

We therefore also provide:

  • foster carers support group meetings in your local area
  • linking up with an experienced carer when you start fostering
  • membership of Foster Talk, paid for by WCFF and entitles you to a monthly newsletter, legal advice, independent advisers and access to Fosterline a free independent support service for all foster carers
  • ‘togethernews’ – Worcestershire’s quarterly fostering newsletter keeping carers informed of training opportunities, what’s going on in the fostering service and wider issues
  • social events and ‘fun days’ for both carers and the whole family
  • quarterly foster carer forum – an opportunity for all carers to meet with senior managers from Children’s Social Care

Training and support

Training and support | Worcestershire County Council