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Fostering in Oldham

Many children need fostering in Oldham and across Greater Manchester. We’re looking for applicants new to fostering or who have experience and want to transfer. We offer specialist training, 24/7 support and active peer support.

Fostering in Oldham

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 Oldham, 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 your local area. 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 Oldham have access to a very large and active peer network that includes local support groups.

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The foster agency near you: Alpha Plus Fostering

This is a therapeutic-led fostering agency that focuses on the needs of the children using a range of therapies and enhanced support for everyone involved. Based in Oldham, they cover Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire, working with more than 50 foster carers and 60 foster children.

How much is the fostering allowance in Oldham?

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 Oldham, 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.

Since becoming a single foster carer with Alpha Plus, I love and enjoy the work I do with the children placed in my care. Sometimes it can be challenging but mostly it is very rewarding. I get to train in a wide range of subjects, which has helped me understand my role as a foster carer, and helped me to care for my foster children to the best of my ability.

I also have great support from my supervising social worker and all the staff, who are always there to help and advise or just to chat if I need to. Alpha Plus also arrange activities for the children and support groups for carers, which is a great time to meet with other carers and have a good chat and share experiences.

Jacqui, foster carer, North West

Fostering in Oldham: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Oldham, 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 Oldham?

We are looking for foster carers in Oldham, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. 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 Oldham

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our fostering agency in Oldham has a family feel and has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers in Oldham and the North West have access to more than 32 foster parent support groups
  • We have many team offices across the North West to support you 24/7
  • Access to teams specialise in therapeutic and practical support
  • 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 Oldham, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in Oldham and Greater Manchester

Dozens of children and young people are awaiting foster parents in Oldham – hundreds across the North West. National Fostering Group has local offices across Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. This includes Middleton, Ashton-under-Lyne and Failsworth.

The best thing about living with my new nannie is I get to give her big hugs.

Riley, foster child

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

Fostering statistics

Around 9,190 children live with a foster family in the North West. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

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