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Become a Foster Carer

Are you looking for a career with life changing potential? If you could offer a vulnerable child or young person a safe place to stay, then foster care could be for you. Discover some of the top reasons why people choose Five Rivers, and why you should enquire to foster today.

Our foster carers look after children and young people who are temporarily or permanently unable to live with their birth families. Young people enter care for many different reasons; they may have suffered abandonment, parental illness or death, neglect or abuse. The main reason people choose to foster is because they believe they can offer support to these vulnerable children. Our carers truly believe that they can turn lives around – and we support them every step of the way.

Why Become a Foster Carer?

  • The chance to launch a new career – Foster carers are child care experts working with a team of professionals. They receive specialist training and career development opportunities.
  • Lifestyle – Working from home, it is possible to combine fostering with looking after your own children, or to combine fostering and other work, depending on the needs of the children in your care.
  • Financial benefits – For many of our carers, fostering is their sole source of income. At Five Rivers, we offer competitive foster carer pay and paid respite.
  • Helping families – Our foster carers support families in crisis who may need help for a time. In doing so, they are helping biological families stay together in the long term.
  • Helping young people in need – Our foster carers give children the chance to have a brighter and happier future – what could be more rewarding than that?

Why Foster with Five Rivers?

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Can I Foster?

There are some basic criteria you’ll need to meet to be considered as a foster carer with Five Rivers Child Care. You will need to:

  • be passionate about making a difference for a child or young person
  • be over the age of 21
  • have a furnished spare room that is not used by anybody else
  • be committed to undergo training and development
  • be able to work in partnership with the team involved in caring for the child/young person

Fostering Application Process

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Foster Carer Benefits

As a Five Rivers foster carer, you’ll receive a full package of practical, financial and professional support, including:

  • competitive fees
  • paid respite
  • bespoke training
  • 24/7 support from our local fostering teams
  • access to foster carer support networks
  • career progression opportunities
  • option to accept short-term or long-term placements

Fostering Pay & Allowances

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Enquire to Foster Today!

We understand that making the decision to become a foster carer is a big commitment. Register your interest with our carer enquiries team for a no obligation chat to find out whether fostering could be right for you.

Enquire to Foster

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