Fostering in Peterborough

Children need fostering in Peterborough. If you’re a foster carer or you’d like to train to be one, we have placements like respite care, emergency, short term and long term. Join us for excellent professional support and free training.

Become a foster carer in Peterborough

If you want to become a foster carer in Peterborough, 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, 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 Peterborough. 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 Peterborough 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: Fostering Solutions Oundle

Our foster carers in Peterborough are supported by the team of fostering professionals at Fostering Solutions in Oundle. This friendly team was rated as Good by Ofsted at their last inspection. They’re particularly proud of the number of social events they organise to get fostering families together, knowing their foster carers and foster children by name, listening and responding to feedback, and their policies on mutual respect and understanding.

How much is the fostering allowance in Peterborough?

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 Peterborough, 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.

This is my first experience of being a foster carer and I wouldn't change a thing. I have the privilege of looking after 2 little boys who are full of energy.

I remember a particularly challenging day where I was questioning my choices to my supervising social worker and she listened without judgement and gave great advice and support, not to mention the beautiful bunch of flowers and card a few days later. Needless to say I've never looked back! Fostering is definitely the right choice for me!

Carole, foster carer, Peterborough

Fostering in Peterborough: getting started

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

We are looking for foster carers in Peterborough. 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 Peterborough

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our lead fostering agency for Peterborough (based in Oundle) has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers in Peterborough and the surrounding areas have access to nine foster parent support groups
  • We have team offices across the area to support you 24/7 – it’s a friendly, family feel
  • 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 Peterborough, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in Peterborough and the East of England

Hundreds of children and young people are in foster care or awaiting a foster parent across the East of England region. National Fostering Group has local offices across the East of England. This includes Lowestoft, Waltham Abbey, Northampton, Oundle, Peterborough and Basildon.

Working for the National Fostering Group, means I am happy to get up every morning and do my job. Both the team I work with and the foster carers I supervise, we are a family and we all work together to make sure the young people have the best possible future.

Kate, supervising social worker

Fostering statistics

Around 4,800 children live with a foster family in the East of England. 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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