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Fostering

Fostering for Coventry City Council - an overview

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Coventry needs more foster carers for Coventry children.

The work carried out by Coventry foster carers means the children in our care can get the support they need.  Foster carers make a real difference to the lives of Coventry children.

Coventry City Council needs more foster carers who can help us to care for Coventry children who, for whatever reason, are unable to live with their birth family.

Fostering for Coventry City Council means you are giving children a stable, loving home and also allowing them the best chance of staying close to their family, friends and schools whilst support and decisions regarding their long term future are made.  It is often used for temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or when family relationships have broken down and can also help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.

There are different types of fostering and Coventry currently has a need for foster carers for all types of fostering from short breaks (often called 'respite'), time limited fostering and long term fostering.

We would also really like to speak to people who may be interested in offering a parent and child placement or foster carers who could consider caring for more than one child- therefore supporting brothers and sisters staying together.

Fostering is often referred to as a lifestyle career and although it is a very different job to the 9-5 it does offer career progression and if you wish to undertake additional training and maybe become more specialist in your fostering, caring for children with more complex needs there are different opportunities available.

We know that you might have questions about how fostering payments work, as fostering means that you are self employed but due to certain concessions the income for fostering rarely results in tax being payable and is disregarded for some benefits too. We have produced a handy guide to help with this- or of course you can call us to chat it through  Read our tax and National Insurance guidance.

If you are a foster carer, or have previously been a foster carer you may wish to talk to us about how fostering with the Local Authority means that you are more likely to have children in placement, how the assessment would work and how our fees and additional payments are now clearer and improved- for instance we pay a 'skills fee per child' cared for now to encourage more people to consider caring for siblings and we also have additional allowances paid at key times such as Birthdays, Festivals and holiday time. Find out more about fees- or give us a call to chat through.

Coventry City Council foster carers throughout Coventry and surrounding areas are automatically members of the Foster Carers' Association which runs weekly meet ups, coffee mornings and social events- so alongside the official support (with your own dedicated social worker) and training package there is also informal support on offer. Our foster carers are also automatically members of The Fostering Network and can access their helplines, events and other activities.

Our foster carers attend training alongside social workers and other team members in our 'Team Around the Child' approach- our foster carers are considered a crucial part of the team caring for children and are involved not only in decisions regarding the children, but also how services are delivered and improved with a number of opportunities to get involved in groups looking at improvements across children's social care, health and other areas foster carers are involved in 

Please get in touch with us today if you have the time and dedication to look after children and young people. We know that lots of potential foster carers 'rule themselves out' thinking they might not be considered for fostering for one reason or another, but that most of these myths are not true. So if you are interested please get in touch with us and have a chat- or come to one of our meet the team information events.

We also have a Facebook Page and a Twitter account.

So why not give us a call on 024 7683 2828 or use the 'Contact us' online form so that we can ring you back so we can chat through any questions you have. 

Thank you for your interest in fostering.

Family Placement Service

Open 9.00am–5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Email: familyplacementservice@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 1873

Visit: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering

P.O. Box 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR
Fostering brochure

If you'd like a printed copy of our brochure, please call 024 7683 2828.

Download our Fostering pack

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