Fostering with Families First
Foster parents change the lives of children and young people
Families First Fostering is a small family owned and run Independent Fostering Agency. We believe that every child has a right to a safe and secure family and that by providing excellent support and training to our Foster Parents 24/ 7 enables them to provide this.
What is fostering?
Children and young people come into foster care for all kinds of reasons. For many their main care giver (parent) is not physically or emotionally available to care for them. For others they have suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of their main care givers or have not been kept safe or given what they need to grow-up and achieve what other children have.
However, for whatever reason children and young people enter the care system, many will have suffered trauma and loss. For this reason, foster parents are needed to offer safe, loving and compassionate care for these children.
Who can Foster?
You do not need any special qualifications to be a foster parent. We look for many different types of families to meet the diverse needs of our children. many types of families are foster parents regardless of their age, ethnicity, relationship status, sexuality, age, gender, number of children or household income.
What are the must items?
Honesty throughout the assessment process
That you have a spare bedroom
You are a British citizen or have permanent leave to stay
You can foster full-time, or your work must be very flexible
You are at least 21 (No upper age limit)
You don’t have to own your own home
You don’t have to have had your own children
Why Families First?
How we help and support you
24 hour social work support 365 days a year - you will never be alone.
Informing and answering any questions you have.
Regular local support groups where you can meet with other foster parents.
Frequent supervision visits from a qualified and compassionate social worker.
Rewards and Benefits
Competitive professional fee of between £350 - £420 per week per child on average. Fee of up to £650 per week for children with complex needs.
Paid mileage of 45p per mile.
2 weeks per year paid respite.
Free membership to 'Fostering Network'.
Training and development
You do not need to have any specific training to become a foster parent. We will provide you with all the training you will require, this includes:
Preparation to foster training
Therapeutic support groups
Therapist led training sessions
Regular, local and ongoing training courses on all aspects relevant to the role.
Our Therapeutic Model
Families First services are based around a Therapeutic model of support to our children and foster parents. Our model includes:
Regular Therapist led support groups for foster parents and staff.
Therapeutic training for foster parents and staff.
A Therapeutic parenting approach is promoted including PACE as a model.
Regular supervision by a compassionate and qualified supervising social worker.
Regular support groups in a welcoming and relaxing environment.
Access to a range of regular organised outings and activities for the whole family.
The application process
Stepping stones to becoming a foster parent
Apply to foster with Families First
Step 1: Get in touch for a chat with Amanda or Rachael.
Step 2: We will arrange to visit you at your home to explain more about the process and find out more about you.
Step 3: Start your application.
Step 4: Attend a 3 day course 'Skills to Foster' to prepare you for fostering.
Step 5: Attend Fostering panel. Your Social Worker will be there to support you.
Step 6: Now you are approved and a part of our fostering family. Its now time to carefully find a child or young person to be cared for by you.
Get in touch today to find out more!
Call or email Rachael or Amanda today for a friendly chat to find out more.
Apply today for a free info pack!
NEW LOCAL OFFICE - We are pleased to announce that we will be moving into our new offices in Stone in July 2020! Fantastic location, large free car park, comfortable meeting and training rooms - More info coming soon!
Who are Families First Fostering?
We are a small local fostering agency based in Stone. Covering the
Staffordshire, Shropshire and South Cheshire Area.
We have over 20 years experience in Fostering and Adoption.
We are a mother and daughter team who believe family comes first and we
want you to come and join our fostering family.
Rachael Davies - Registered Manager/ Owner
Rachael is a qualified Social Worker and has worked within the field of
fostering for 14 years as a Social Worker and Fostering Service Manager.
She grew up in a fostering household and has also been a foster parent herself.
Amanda Davies - Responsible Individual/ Owner
Amanda is a qualified Social Worker who has over 20 years experience in
fostering and adoption and has also been a foster parent, looking after
over 40 children.