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Why choose The CFT?
Fostering is a challenging job and we want to make sure prospective carers have considered whether fostering is right for you before making a final decision. At The CFT we provide the support, training and guidance that help you navigate through the challenges that come as part of the fostering journey.
We pride ourselves on the level of support we afford to all foster carers within our organisation.
We believe successful foster carers are unique individuals who show a multitude of qualities that distinguish themselves from the pack – qualities they may not recognise. But is fostering right for you?
Fostering with The CFT is as much about the personal development of our carers as the development of children and young people. Therefore, a person’s motivation to foster shouldn’t be primarily financially led, but we recognise that this is a skilled job and we view our foster carer’s as professionals. As a result, when you join The CFT you’re paid generously and our fees are highly competitive.
Anyone who chooses to become a foster carer for The CFT can be assured that they will receive the highest level and support and guidance to help them make a positive impact on a child’s life.
CFT foster carers can expect:
Every foster carer has an allocated supervising social worker who will provide regular support and supervision. Supervising social workers are consistent, meaning positive and effective working relationships are maintained throughout.
All foster carers are invited to regular team meetings. This provides you with the opportunity to meet with other carers, speak with the senior management and staff teams, as well as developing a community of like-minded people.
The community of CFT foster carers is paramount to developing stickability and our regular social events allow everyone to get together. In addition to this, The CFT hosts regular competitions, giving children and young people an opportunity to win great prizes.
The CFT offers 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Our foster carers are never alone.
The CFT emphasises foster carers attending regular and ongoing training. This is to support the personal development, skills and knowledge base, as well as keeping pace with the industry and make every tool available to manage all aspects of fostering.
Stickability and placement stability are vital to positive experiences in fostering, we recognise the individualised support both carers and children may require for children to feel settled. Where necessary, The CFT look to provide the appropriate services and support from external agencies to help children and young people achieve their full potential.
All foster carers are provided with comprehensive guidance on the roles and responsibilities of a foster carer as well as a copy of all of The CFT’s Policies and Procedures.
The CFT provides membership to Foster Talk for all approved foster carers. This provides you with additional advice (including Legal Advice) and insurance where necessary. You will also have access to Fosterline – a confidential advice line for foster carers.
In addition to our regular weekly fee which is paid for each child in placement regardless of the child’s age, our foster carers receive a generous mileage allowance and 14 nights respite per year, per child. This is calculated on a pro-rata basis. Our allowances and support offered to Foster carers are reviewed annually to ensure that our Benefits Package remains highly competitive.
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