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Why foster for Derbyshire

By choosing to foster with us, you'll have access to a wide range of support, benefits, training and experience.

Why foster for Derbyshire

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Experience the joy of improving a young life through fostering

Helping a child grow up within a safe and nurturing environment is one of the most enriching and rewarding decisions you will ever make.

Fostering gives you the opportunity to shape a child's life. Their lifestyle, interests, personality, language, culture and unforgettable moments can all be influenced by you in your role as a foster carer; giving them all the opportunities they need to improve their lives for the better.

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A role to be proud of

You’ll experience pride and elation as you watch a child grow and develop into their own person. As a foster carer you have a unique opportunity to support a child through a particularly vulnerable time and help them overcome challenges. 

By providing a child with a positive adult role mode, you’ll help ensure that they experience affection, support and strong family experiences that can help them on their way to becoming a confident young person. 

Experience satisfaction through fostering

Our foster carers tell us they like the excellent support and training opportunities. Feeling valued and getting support gives them satisfaction and makes them feel like they’re having a really positive impact. 

If you're supporting a local child, we'll support you. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to give the best possible support to the young people in your care.

This includes extensive training before you have a child placed with you, and regular contact with dedicated case workers and other professionals. 

We also provide ongoing professional development so you can continue to develop your skills and be the best possible foster carer for the children in your care. 

By combining your own life experience with the training and support we offer, you'll feel confident making decisions whilst a child is in your care and be able to help them develop into confident, well-rounded young people. 

When you foster for Derbyshire, you’ll receive a generous allowance and additional benefits to cover all the expenses of giving a child a positive experiences whilst in your care.

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We offer:

  • a fostering support worker to help guide you and support you in your fostering role
  • a comprehensive induction programme during your first year of fostering
  • a personal development and training programme, support groups and access to ongoing vocational training
  • support from a mentor carer during the first 6 months of becoming a foster carer and at other times during your fostering career if necessary
  • regular updates to our quarterly newsletter keeping you up-to-date with all our services, activities and news
  • annual membership to Foster Talk
  • access to our employee support and counselling service
  • a competitive package of financial support, including 3 extra weeks' holiday payments, additional payments for festivities and birthdays and help with school uniforms

To help you care for the children placed with you, you will have additional support including:

  • access to consultation with a specialist child and adolescent mental health worker (CAMHS social worker) to help you meet the emotional needs of children in your care access to a clinical psychologist who specialises in working with looked after children
  • support from the Virtual School
  • support from a specialist nurse to help you meet the health needs of children placed with you
  • support and advice from the children's rights officer and advocacy service
  • we run an IT grant scheme scheme for all foster carers we approve, the grant is offered to foster carers to buy IT equipment of their choice suitable for their fostering household
  • free access to swimming and other leisure facilities

Speak to the team

We're happy to talk to you whether you're an existing foster carer or you wish to become one.

If you'd prefer to talk to us, you can call us on: 0800 083 77 44Read our privacy notice.

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