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Fostering in Croydon

Children need fostering in Croydon. Can you help a child thrive? We have a range of placements suitable for experienced foster parents and also people who are new to fostering.

Becoming a foster carer in Croydon

If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, choose a fostering agency with local teams to who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK with superb agency coverage across all regions – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

One of the most established fostering agencies in Croydon, we work with local authorities to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer with us, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training in and around Croydon. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

On top of this, carers who are fostering in Croydon have a large and active peer network that includes more than a dozen local support groups.

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The foster agency near you: NFA London South

Our foster carers in Croydon are supported by a large team of fostering professionals at National Fostering Agency London South, which covers Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth, Bexley and Lewisham. This well-established agency covers a diverse area and looks after over 190 children. They pride themselves on having a small family agency ethos, encouraging their foster children to share their thoughts and feelings and influence the direction of the agency.

How much is the fostering allowance in Croydon?

Our average foster carer pay is around £24,500 a year (£2,040 on average per month), which is far higher than the government’s recommended weekly allowance. For most foster carers in Croydon, this will be tax free! Some types of fostering placement pay more than £35,000 a year. Foster carer pay doesn’t affect state benefits you’re currently receiving.

Eight years on, when working with many professionals and children, yes we still are challenged!

However, we always have opinions and a voice and I'm pleased to say we have the constant training, skilled supervision support and working with others to enable us to use these skills to our best capability as foster carers.

Anne-Marie, foster carer, Croydon

Fostering Croydon: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Croydon, your next step is to have a chat. You can book a call by using our enquiry form. After this, if you decide to go ahead with an application, this usually takes around 16 weeks and we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll help you decide what types of fostering you want to do and we’ll even get you started with foster carer training.

Can I foster in Croydon?

We are looking for foster carers in Croydon. We welcome people from ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBT+ community. You can be single, married, a homeowner or a tenant. Your ability to care for and nurture a child is what really matters. If you’ve worked in sectors like education, the emergency services, care or healthcare, you’ll be especially suited to this role.

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve.

More than 8,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

Fostering agencies in Croydon

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our regional offices serving Croydon are in Whitstable, Uxbridge, Waltham Abbey and Basildon
  • Our lead agency for your location is Heath Farm
  • Our fostering agencies for Croydon are rated GOOD and OUTSTANDING by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers get emergency support 24/7 and access to supportive foster parent groups
  • Access to a team focusing on a unique wraparound fostering service
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available in Croydon, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering statistics

Around 7,180 children live with foster families in the Greater London area – 3,090 in Inner London and 4,090 in Outer London. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

I wanted to say a huge thank you for organising the Sarah Dillon sessions. I feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced three of these and have found them totally compelling and thoroughly amazing!

To hear Sarah explain therapeutic parenting with her passionate delivery has been a huge light bulb moment for me, as I am in early days of developing my knowledge of therapeutic parenting and learning how to support carers in using them. Sarah’s examples really help embed it into practice with ease.

It is also heartening to hear the commitment National Fostering Group has to this approach and demonstrates that its values are truly more than just words in a mission statement.

Simone, supervising social worker, Croydon

Fostering in Croydon and the South East

Dozens of children and young people are awaiting foster parents in Croydon; hundreds across London as a whole.

National Fostering Group has local offices that support foster carers across the South East including Essex, Buckinghamshire, Kent and all areas of Inner London – Milton Keynes, Richmond, Bromley, Croydon, Dagenham, Brighton and Enfield.

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