04 Jan Fusion Fostering Needs YOU!
Over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the UK. Can you help?
No child should have to live without a safe home and loving family, which is why Fusion Fostering is committed to recruiting new carers across the UK. As an independent agency, we allocate carers a single point of contact that remains with you throughout your journey, offering advice, support and encouragement when you need it most.
When it comes to potential carers, we receive a lot of questions regarding eligibility. At Fusion we believe that the only criteria you need to fit is having the skills and capacity to look after a child within your home, so it doesn’t matter if you’re single or over 55. If you have a previous criminal conviction, you may still be able to foster. Whatever your situation, together we’ll discuss it in a confidential setting and a DBS check is mandatory during each application. Put simply, our mission is to match children with devoted carers, so we invite anyone with an interest to get in touch.
To give you an extra nudge to take action, there are probably more children in need of foster care than you realise. When you look at the figures, it’s clear that something needs to change:
- Over 7,000 new foster families are required in the UK over the next 12 months.
- 97% of fostering services particularly need carers for teenagers, and 86% need people to care for sibling groups.
- In the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family ever 20 minutes.
Aside from the basic requirement of somewhere to live that offers love, security and access to enriching activities, it is also crucial that siblings are not split up. However, in England alone there are currently 455 groups of siblings that have been separated, which can lead to anxiety, depression and a feeling of isolation that could otherwise be prevented.
Providing that you have a spare room and can allocate the time that a child needs to thrive and grow, chances are that you can become a carer with Fusion Fostering. If you’re worried that you don’t have the right skill set, you’ll be pleased to hear that we provide high quality training to help you fully grasp your role, establish a positive framework of values, and create an individual professional development plan. We guarantee that by working with Fusion, the learning process isn’t restricted to the children.
If you’d like to have a chat about fostering, give us a call on 03301 239355 or fill in our contact form. Whether it’s an expression of interest, advice on a particular topic or just a quick question, we’re always happy to help. Together we can make 7,000 new foster families and give children across the UK the opportunities they deserve.