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Fostering in Derbyshire

Many children in Derby area need fostering. Whether you are new to fostering or an experienced foster carer, we have placements that will suit your specific family dynamic. We offer 24/7 support, peer support, regular activities and free training.

Becoming a foster carer in Derbyshire

If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, choose a fostering agency with local teams 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 the Derby area, 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 Derby. 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 Derby have a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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A foster agency near you: Jay Fostering

Jay Fostering is a well-established agency with a skilled team, many of whom have been with the agency for a long time. This stability means that foster carers get to know the people who are supporting them and are supported by people who know their family situation well. The team works hard to create a family feel and a sense of belonging.

A foster agency near you: FS Midlands

This fostering agency covers the East and West Midlands, including fostering in Derbyshire, working with more than 80 foster carers and 110 children. The team serves a large and developing geographical area, with local support groups in the Derby area, providing accessible support within a 20-minute drive.

How much is the fostering allowance in Derby?

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 Derbyshire, 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.

It started to feel like home within the first week.

Jahmai, foster child

Foster in Derbyshire: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Derby or elsewhere in Derbyshire, 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 Derbyshire?

We are looking for foster carers in Derbyshire. 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.

Fostering agencies in Derbyshire

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our lead fostering agency for Derbyshire has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • We have a family feel and our foster carers in the Derby area have access to several foster parent support groups
  • Our Derbyshire agencies include Jay Fostering and Fostering Solutions Midlands
  • Our foster carers have access to professional support 24/7
  • Foster parents get invites to regular activities in a genuine carer-led environment
  • 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 Derbyshire, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in Derbyshire and the East Midlands

Dozens children and young people are awaiting foster parents in the Derby area. National Fostering Group has local offices across the Midlands. This includes Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, Peterborough, Nottingham, Staffordshire, Leicester, Long Eaton and Bromsgrove.

We are a fabulous team, we all bend over backwards to support each other through any given situation, from personal difficulties, to cover meetings, duty and Out of Hours. Someone will always help out a colleague in any situation.

We always offer a kind listening ear to each other and great professional advice on cases. We have a great deal of fun and laughter, in amongst our very high standards of professionalism and extremely hard work. We set the standards high and all share a sense of pride in all we do.

Annie, supervising social worker, Derby

Fostering statistics

Around 4,070 children live with a foster family in the East Midlands. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

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 9,000 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

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