What is fostering?

Child high five with adultFostering provides stability, care and family support to children or young people who are not able to live with their parents.

There are many reasons why children are fostered and is often a temporary arrangement whilst work is done to return the children to their families. In these cases the length of foster placements can vary from a few days, weeks or months to a few years. Sometimes fostering can be a permanent arrangement for a child.

Sometimes fostered children and young people experience a very stressful and uncertain time due to being in care. The help and support from the foster carer, and their family and friends in their support network, can have a greatly positive impact on their lives.

Fostering can also be a career choice. It provides an opportunity to work from home whilst being rewarded financially for making a difference to a child’s life.

Why foster with Enfield Council?

Foster Carers Djahida and Sofiane with their daughtersIf you’re interested in fostering, we’d love to hear from you. We will guide you through all stages of the process, offering encouragement and support.

We need people in good health, who are energetic and have patience, understanding, and resilience. We welcome enquiries from anyone over 21, who is a UK resident and has no criminal convictions against children. This includes single people and unmarried couples in long-term relationships.

When you foster with us you will of course receive the necessary allowances to care for the children you foster. We will also provide ongoing support through your dedicated supervising social worker who will meet with you regularly and also stay in telephone and email contact with you.

You will also have access to a range of benefits to enhance your fostering experience alongside the requisite foster caring training you need. The children you foster may have had some difficult experiences and require your understanding and support. The training you receive can help you do that.

A great way to discover what it means to become a foster carer and to learn more is to book a one-to-one session with one of our foster carers. Get in touch if you want us to arrange this.

For more information email the team or contact them on 0800 038 1313 or 020 8379 2831. You can also fill in our online enquiry form or quick enquiry fields found on the right hand side of our pages. Please be assured that when you contact Enfield Council direct and pass on any personal information to us your details will remain private and secure in accordance with the Council’s privacy notice.

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