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Fostering in Rotherham

Children and young people need fostering in Rotherham. To our foster carers, we offer locally-delivered training, 24/7 support, peer support, a buddy scheme, and the opportunity to be the best you can be in your role.

Become a foster carer in Rotherham

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer in Rotherham, choose to 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 with superb agency coverage across all regions – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

We are the leading fostering agency in South Yorkshire and work in partnership with local authorities 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 in your local area. 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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A foster agency near you: NFA North

NFA North is a well-established fostering agency that supports foster carers and children in South Yorkshire, including Rotherham and the surrounding areas. Foster children are carefully matched to their foster carers, who get 24/7 support if they need it. The team feels like a family and puts on plenty of events.

How much is the fostering allowance in Rotherham?

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 Rotherham, 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.

The support I get is phenomenal. My husband has a stressful job so I don’t always want to vent to him but I know I can phone my social worker any time, there is always someone on the end of a phone that I can talk to.

We’ve met with staff from the National Fostering Group and done buddying. I love the training and meeting up with other people and hearing their experiences and ideas.

I would never go to another agency now, no matter what.

Carol, foster carer, Rotherham

Fostering in Rotherham: getting started

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

We are looking for foster carers in Rotherham and South Yorkshire. 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 Rotherham

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our fostering agencies in Rotherham have been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers in Rotherham have access to several foster parent support groups
  • We have several team offices across the area to support you 24/7
  • 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 Rotherham and South Yorkshire

Hundreds of children are currently fostered or waiting to find foster parents in the Rotherham area and across South Yorkshire. National Fostering Group has local offices across the area, including Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Nottingham, Huddersfield, Hull, Grimsby and everywhere in between.

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

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 5,720 children live with a foster family in Yorkshire & the Humber. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

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