what are the benefits of fostering a child

Benefits of fostering

Reasons you should consider fostering

benefits of fostering

Generous allowances

At Orange Grove, our foster parents receive a generous fostering allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child, as well as recognising the professional nature of the role.

As well as an excellent allowance, we also offer additional benefits, for birthdays and religious holidays, a generous Refer-a-Friend programme and access hundreds of discounts at shops, restaurants and family days out.

Fostering allowances

why you should foster a child

Could you foster?

If you’re drawn to the work and you’re caring, compassionate and have empathy with children, the answer is probably yes.

Our foster parents come from all walks of life, cultures, ages and experiences. You can be straight, gay, married or single. You can even work and foster in some situations. All that matters is you’re over 21, have a right to work here in the UK, and have a spare room in your safe and secure house.

Criteria to foster

Why choose Orange Grove?

24/7 local support, Excellent ongoing training and competitive allowances are just a few of the reasons why you should choose us for your fostering journey.

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Frequently asked questions

How does fostering work?

The ultimate goal of fostering is to improve the outcomes for children, so they can go on to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.

To achieve this, foster care providers, such as Orange Grove, recruit, train and reward a diverse team of passionate individuals who open their homes to children in need. And we’re always on the lookout for people interested in becoming a foster parent.

When a child enters care, they will have their needs professionally assessed and included within their personal care plan. We work closely with local authorities to find a foster parent who will be able to meet these needs and care for them for as long or as little as required.

Foster parents may care for a child for a night or two, several months or years, or even on a long-term basis until the child turns 18.

What's the difference between fostering and adoption?

There are some key differences between fostering and adoption. The main difference is around legal responsibility for the child; when you foster a child, the legal responsibility often remains with the birth parents or the local authority in some cases, however, you become the legal guardian when adopting.

Other key differences include;

  • Length of time you'll care for a child - when fostering, you can care for a child for as little as a day or two, and up to 18 years until they reach independence. With adoption, you'll care for the child as you would your own birth children and they'll be part of your family forever.
  • Age of children - Children who are looking to be adopted are generally younger (under 6), whereas with fostering, the young person is likely to be over 6 or in foster care with siblings.
  • Allowances - foster parents receive a weekly fostering allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child and provides them with a professional fee. This financial package is not available to adoptive parents.

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Do I need any experience to become a foster parent?

Previous experience with children, either in a professional or personal capacity, is beneficial but it's absolutely not essential.

Our foster parent training programme will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to work with children in foster care right from the get-go. Plus, you'll have your very own supervising social worker, a family support worker and regional manager by your side, offering expert guidance and ongoing support.

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Do I need to have a spare room to foster?

Yes - a spare bedroom is essential and will need to be large enough to hold a single bed, a wardrobe and a small desk.

Learn more about the requirements of a spare bedroom and why it's important that children in care have their own space below.

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Whether you’re ready to start your journey or just want to chat to an expert, we're here to talk.

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