We are interested in hearing from people that reflect the ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds of children and young people in care; namely
• mixed parentage
• and Asian people.
You don’t have to be married or own your house but you must have:
• a desire to help children and young people soar and reach their full potential
• the ability to provide a stable loving home environment
• at least one spare room available
• determination and patience
• flexible working arrangements
• a good sense of humour
In return we will offer:
• Excellent training and development programme
• A generous allowance and 24 hour support
• But most importantly the opportunity to make a difference in young people and children’s lives.
To find out more about fostering with Sankofa Care please get in touch with us. Also have a look at some of the questions below;
Am I too old to foster?
There is no upper or lower age limit, but we do like you to have had some life experience and if you are an older person, to be healthy, fit and active to enable you to enjoy the challenges of Fostering.
Can my children share a room with a foster child?
Your own children can share with a birth sibling but not a foster child.
What about employment?
You can be employed or unemployed. If you are employed you need to be flexible to be available to meet the needs of a child, for example to be at home when the child leaves for school and returns from school and to be available during school holidays or when a child is ill.
What experience do I need?
It is not necessary to have qualifications in childcare to be considered as a foster carer as we provide all required training. However, some experience of parenting or caring for children in either a paid, voluntary or personal capacity will be an advantage to your application.
I am a smoker?
All foster carers have to sign a smoke free home agreement, agreeing not to smoke in the house. However we will not consider people who smoke to foster babies and children under 5 years.
I am disabled or have a medical/mental health issues?
All prospective foster carers must have a medical. Your own GP/specialist will comment on whether there are any medical issues that may affect your ability to foster. Each case is looked at individually, with consideration for the needs of our fostered children.
I am in a new relationship/recently married?
If you are in a new relationship and intend on applying to foster jointly we require you to have been living together for a minimum of 6 months. Partners who do not reside with the main carer will be assessed and certain checks (such as CRB checks) will be carried out.
My partner and/or I don’t have British residency?
The main carer must be a British resident or have indefinite right to remain in the UK to foster.
I am moving home?
Moving home or starting a new job can be a stressful time, we ask for you to wait at least 6 months before getting in contact.
I am currently redecorating/renovating my home?
All renovation or redecorating work will need to be completed before we arrange for a supervising social worker to come for an initial visit.
I live in a flat?
If you live on the ground floor, this may be suitable accommodation to foster. High-rise flats are not considered appropriate for fostering young children as living at height poses health and safety risks. We would also assess whether there is an area for safe playing, and that communal areas are clean and tidy.