Fostering in Scotland

There are many children and young people who need fostering in Scotland, from Glasgow and Dunbartonshire to Dundee and Aberdeenshire. To our foster carers, we offer locally-delivered training, 24/7 support, peer support, and the opportunity to be the best you can be in your role.

Becoming a foster carer in Scotland

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, choose to work with a fostering agency that has local teams who will support your every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK with superb agency coverage across all regions of Scotland – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

We are the leading agency for fostering in Scotland and work in partnership with the local authority 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 Scotland

This team supports foster carers across the whole of Scotland. It has an office in Grangemouth and a hub in Aberdeenshire. The team are enthusiastic and experienced, run a blended training programme and plenty of foster carer events for support and networking. They are proud of providing a very high standard of foster care.

A foster agency near you: Fostering Relations

With offices in Glasgow and Grangemouth, Fostering Relations supports foster carers in a large geographical area around Glasgow and across to Edinburgh. The team works with foster carers, young people and former foster children in education. Around 60% of foster children at this agency stay with their foster families long-term.

How much is the fostering allowance in Scotland?

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 Scotland, 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

Fostering in Scotland: getting started

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

We are looking for foster carers in Scotland. 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 servicescare or healthcare, you’ll be especially suited to this role.

Fostering agencies in Scotland

Fostering in Scotland

Hundreds of children are currently fostered or waiting to find foster parents in Scotland. National Fostering Group has local offices in Glasgow, Grangemouth and Aberdeenshire, covering all regions in Scotland.

I find the commitment and skilfulness of the foster carers I supervise really inspiring, and it’s amazing how quickly they learn more once they’ve been approved.

It’s really important to me to make sure I’m available at the end of the phone when they need some advice, and I think my foster carers are glad to know that there are some really good services available to them, like our peer support service Helping Hands or our therapeutic one-to-one service TAPSS, if they need that bit of extra help with a difficult situation.

Ella, 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

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