Interested in becoming a foster carer?

If you're considering starting your application to become a foster parent, you may have lots of questions about what it's like to foster a child. We've put together some handy information for you to check out!

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Should I foster a child?

There are many important factors to consider before starting the process of becoming a foster carer, and ultimately the decision can only be made by you. The benefits of fostering are endless, and it's arguably one of the most rewarding roles you can have, however, it's a huge decision to make and you should always do your research before applying to foster a child or young person.

What do I need to know about fostering?

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FAQs of fostering!

Want to start your fostering journey? Great! Just give us a call, or start your application here. We’ll call you back for a friendly, informal chat where we can answer any questions you may have. Once you're happy to proceed, we'll organise a home visit and take a full application pack to you, so you can fit it in at your own pace!

Our current recruitment process is regularly being updated dependant on the latest Government Guidance on social distancing due to COVID-19. We have a commitment to keeping you, our foster carers, our young people and our staff safe. If you want to read more click here

Unity Foster Care has a good reputation for offering high levels of support to its foster carers.  As a minimum, you’ll have…

  • An allocated social worker to support you however you need
  • Regular supervision meetings
  • Access to a network of other like-minded, friendly foster carers
  • Regular support groups and carer forums
  • Paid breaks (we call this respite)
  • Access to our 24/7, 365 support network and on-call social workers
  • Access to a friendly office-based team who are always willing to jump in and help
  • Access to specialist advice and guidance when needed

They certainly do! All our carers receive a generous fostering allowance for this vital task. The level of allowance varies depending on the needs of the young people you look after, but we'll go through this during the assessment process.

Of course! At Unity Foster Carer, we aim to stand out from other agencies - we are recognised for offering high levels of support and we make placements based on good matching. We value our carers and aim to make stable long term placements in which young people can grow and develop.

If you are thinking of transferring, it’s important for us to understand the reasons you wish to move. Our approach is honest and we’ll tell you if we think your situation won’t improve with us.

If you do transfer to Unity and are currently looking after young people, as a minimum we will honour your current support package and fees.

As an experienced carer you will have to undergo a new assessment, but this will be far easier and quicker than when you were first approved. We have and continue to have a good number of carers transfer to us. We can progress your transfer quickly and without disruption to any children in placement.

Transferring is a big step and we are more than happy to have an informal chat with you and discuss your current situation and explore the reasons you wish to transfer. If we do not think we can improve your situation we will say. We recognise this is a big decision for you, so feel free to call 0333 77 22 333 for an informal & confidential chat or enquire below.