Tuesday 18 February 2020

7 fascinating facts for anyone considering fostering in Gloucestershire

If you've ever thought about fostering but think it takes years, then look no further as SoGlos teams up with Gloucestershire Fostering to find out 7 facts about fostering in the county.

From how long it takes to become a foster carer to the training, support and rewards of being a foster carer, find 7 fascinating facts about fostering in Gloucestershire in this hot list.


About the sponsor – Gloucestershire Fostering

Who is coming out to chat to us tomorrow (Saturday, 7 July)?

Gloucestershire County Council's fostering recruitment…

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Friday, 6 July 2018

Gloucestershire County Council’s Fostering team works with foster carers to support children in need of a safe and welcoming environment to stay in.

Providing excellent support for foster carers from the very start of the application process and throughout the fostering period, Gloucestershire Fostering aims to support vulnerable local children.

For more information about fostering in Gloucestershire, visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.


1. There isn’t just one type of foster carer

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Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Thursday, 11 January 2018

With all kinds of children in need of a foster home, there’s a demand for all types of foster carers. Anyone over the age of 21 with a spare room can apply to be a foster carer in Gloucestershire.

Whether you own or rent your home, you’re single or married, employed or unemployed and regardless of your sexuality, a diverse range of people can foster a child.


2. You can choose the age group of the child you foster

This National Adoption Week, we thought we'd share the experiences of one local fostering family in preparing siblings...

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Thursday, 18 October 2018

With the children in need of foster carers ranging from babies to teenagers, foster carers will be able to choose which age group they’d like to have staying with them.

And it’s not just one child that may need a home. Babies and one or both of their parents may need a foster home, siblings, teenagers, disabled children and asylum seekers are all in need of a foster carer.


3. There’s extensive support available for foster carers

This week is Share the Care Week and we're looking for foster carers who are interested in caring for children with a...

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Monday, 8 July 2019

Right from the start of the application process, potential foster carers will be given the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced foster carer. Once you have a child with you, a social worker will be able to support you as well as a psychotherapist.

Foster carers can also benefit from monthly support groups, out-of-hours support if there’s an emergency and training either online or here in Gloucestershire.


4. It doesn’t take years to foster a child

Want to find out more about fostering for Gloucestershire County Council? We've got an information evening coming up...

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Thursday, 1 August 2019

It’s a common misconception that it can take years and years to foster a child. With Gloucestershire County Council, the fostering application process takes between six and eight months to complete.

Anyone with relevant experience of looking after children is likely to complete the application process even quicker. As well as that, foster carers will be given a social worker to support them with the entire application process.


5. You’ll be helping local children to stay in Gloucestershire

There are two chances to chat to the team in person this weekend!

Our fostering and adoption open day is from 10am to…

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Monday, 2 July 2018

By fostering a child with Gloucestershire County Council, you’ll be helping to keep some stability in a child’s life as it means the child can attend the same school and see the same friends they’ve already made.

Once becoming a foster carer, you’ll be able to benefit from a welcoming fostering community that socialises together and regularly meets up.


6. There are different types of fostering

Come along to Tewkesbury Leisure Centre this afternoon for an informal chat about fostering. We'll be in reception from 3pm to 6pm to answer any questions you may have.

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Monday, 15 January 2018

When it comes to fostering, there isn’t just one type of fostering available. Emergency fostering is where foster carers provide a home for children immediately from 72 hours to 28 days at a time.

Respite fostering is where a child stays with a foster carer for short amounts of time to give their parents a break. There are also short term and long term fostering options, as well as specialist fostering for children with complex needs.


7. There are plenty of free information events to attend

We get asked many of the same questions frequently here at Gloucestershire Fostering.

From "I'm a single parent and…

Posted by Gloucestershire Fostering on Saturday, 21 April 2018

If you’re looking to find out a bit more about fostering in Gloucestershire, there are plenty of free information sessions across the county that are a great way to access expert information.

Including a short presentation about the children that need foster homes, the free information events are a great chance to meet current foster carers and ask plenty of questions.

The next Fostering information session will take place on Saturday 30 November 2019 at Tewkesbury Park.


For more information about fostering in Gloucestershire, visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering .

© SoGlos
Monday 11 November 2019

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