Transferring foster agencies made simple

Your guide to becoming a CFT Foster Carer

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Foster carers decide to transfer agencies for various personal and financial reasons. 

Begin the journey with The Children’s Family Trust today. Contacting us is not a commitment, but could change your outlook on fostering for the better. Chat with our staff about your current circumstances and what the process might look like for you. 

We are here to provide peace of mind that you are making the right decision for your family’s needs!

Why should you pick The Children’s Family Trust?

There are plenty of reasons why existing foster carers from other agencies choose to transfer to The Childrens Family Trust. It could be due to concerns with the practices of their current agency or because they have decided that The CFT will provide them with a more supportive and financially beneficial package. Whatever the circumstance it is a big decision if you decide to transfer foster agency.

However, we can support you each step of the way when transferring foster agencies in England. Our experienced fostering agency has offered superior care and support for the young people and their foster families since 1945. Learn more about how to transfer foster care agencies and why many trust us and our services.

Why do foster carers choose The CFT?

At The Children’s Family Trust, we work in the name of providing excellent services for you and the children in our care. We pride ourselves on being one of the most supportive independent foster agencies in the country and we understand the competition for foster carers can be fierce. However, actions always speak much louder than words. Right from the off, we aim to provide prompt and dedicated services tailored to where you are on your decision-making journey. When you work with a fostering charity such as ours, funds are put right back into the support services, serving you and not our own pockets. We continue to pay your professional fee if you choose to take short-breaks. If you do not take any respite, an annual payment is made to top up your funds. Learn more about how foster care finances are calculated and how the money we raise goes into supporting you and the young people in your care.

Absolute dedication to our foster carers is what sets us apart from the competition. We are here for you every step of the transfer and assessment process. From early considerations to long-term placement support, you can count on The CFT for any of your foster agency needs. We understand that transferring agency can be overwhelming for many carers and our staff is happy to assist you in any way we can. Browse our frequently asked questions to clear up any misconceptions about fostering a child or young person.

Protocol for transferring from your current foster agency

A protocol for the transfer of foster carers has been developed and approved by the Fostering Network in conjunction with the joint forum of independent fostering providers and the ADCS (The Association of Directors of Childrens Services). This protocol recommends the best practice guidelines to follow when a foster carer wishes to transfer from one local fostering agency to another in England and Wales. It is governed by several core principles, including the following:

It is governed by core principles including:

The protocol recognises the principles of local and national childcare legislation and seeks to ensure that safeguarding the welfare of children is at the core of fostering policy and practice. The welfare of any child in placement is paramount.

It recognises that foster carers have the right to freedom of movement between fostering services.

It recognises that all fostering services should be committed to increasing the overall pool of foster carers through the active recruitment of people new to fostering.

The Childrens Family Trust fully supports the principles of this protocol and will always follow the relevant procedures when receiving any request from existing foster carers who wish to transfer to The CFT. Our experienced fostering agency is available to walk families through the transfer process from start to finish. We are here to answer your questions and address any of your fostering concerns.

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If you’ve been invited to an interview, it’s your chance to meet us, tell us about yourself, and take a step towards building your incredible career.
Your interview is your opportunity to learn more about us.
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