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Fostering in Newtownards

Foster carers in Newtownards receive locally-delivered training, 24/7 support, peer support, and the opportunity to be the best you can be in your role. There are many children and young people who need fostering in Newtownards. Can you help?

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer in County Down, work with a fostering agency that has local teams who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK and Northern Ireland, with superb agency coverage across all regions – meaning you have the support of a team close to you. We work in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer for the National Fostering Group, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training on your doorstep. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

In addition, you’ll have access to a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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Fostering agencies in Northern Ireland: Kindercare

Foster carers in Northern Ireland are supported by the team at Kindercare Fostering NI, our agency that covers fostering in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Bangor, and Newtownards. We’ve built a reputation as a small team with a family ethos and who have shared vision and values. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care to our children and support to our foster carers, by providing a professional, supportive and engaged service.

How much is the fostering allowance NI?

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 foster care in Northern Ireland, 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.

Here we are, 21 years later, 25 children later and no looking back. I could never imagine doing anything else.

Julie, foster carer

Fostering NI: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Northern Ireland, 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 NI?

We are looking for foster carers in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Bangor, and Newtownards. 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 Newtownards

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK and Northern Ireland
    Our fostering agency in the Newtownards area is Kindercare Fostering, which works with over 70 foster carers and around 100 children
  • The agency office is in Belfast and covers all Northern Ireland
  • We are currently recruiting for new foster carers in all five Trust areas
  • Our foster carers in Newtownards are supported 24/7 by a small team with a family ethos
  • 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, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in the Newtownards area

Dozens of children are waiting to find foster parents in the Newtownards area and across County Down. Kindercare Fostering, part of National Fostering Group, covers Belfast, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Newry, Eniskillen, Omagh, Derry, Coleraine, Cookstown, Bangor and Ballymena.

Our foster carers are inspiring. The carers I work with never shy away from any situation and their dedication and passion to support these children is admirable.

It is vital I am there for our carers any time they need me, I will always be on the end of the phone or at their door, anything they need. We all work together as one big family and I very much enjoy getting to know our foster carers and supporting them throughout their fostering journey.

Lynne, supervising social worker
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