We’re fully focussed on the child or young person in our care, always aiming to provide them with a safe and supportive environment where they can grow, thrive and be happy.
We’ve built countless successful fostering placements on the following foundations.
Health and wellbeing
We advise our foster carers on keeping themselves and those they care for healthy. We encourage exercise and good diet and make sure all children are registered with a GP and dentist. We give clear information on the harm caused by alcohol, smoking and drugs.
Carers of children and young people with disabilities or long-term health conditions are given additional support and professional advice.
There’s a detailed and robust approval process to become a foster carer with the NFA. Before we approve a new foster carer we conduct rigorous background checks and work with them closely over a number of months to identify and address any areas of concern.
We train our foster carers in health and safety and ensure they follow a comprehensive child protection policy. Procedures are in place for children to report any issues they are encountering.
We encourage our foster carers to reward the child or young person when they are successful in exams and for other achievements.
Additional allowances are paid so that foster carers can provide for birthdays and religious celebrations - and we also provide assistance if a child has a particular talent or hobby that deserves additional support.
We offer advice to every foster carer on how best to manage their finances, ensuring the generous placement allowance they receive is used to best effect for the good of the child or young person.
Clear guidance is also given to young people as they become financially independent.