Hello, we are Children First Foster Carers.

Like most people, you’ve probably got a few questions to ask before deciding whether fostering’s right for you.

That’s where we can help. Our team of friendly fostering experts can offer honest and practical advice. Our recruitment officers have a wealth of experience that they can share with you. We are foster carers ourselves, so we really understand how you’re feeling. And they’re only a phone call away… Nick and I had been considering fostering for a few years before we contacted Children First. We felt that we had the love, time, patience and space for this and we both wanted to make a difference no matter how small in a child’s life that had not had the start in life that we had given to our children. We knew that not all children come into care because of neglect, abuse or many other things that a child should not experience and that at times it would be because for a short time a child may need to be accommodated for other reasons, possible illness of a parent, or hospitalisation or a prison sentence (there are many reasons for this).

However we wanted to in some small way improve a child’s life and to help them come to terms with their past experiences and to give them the love, support and guidance to hopefully have a better future that everyone deserves. We were approved in December 2012. Since fostering for the last two years we have come across some very challenging behaviour and we have needed support in this from both our network support and the agency, sometimes for advice or just for some reassurance for ourselves, or to blow off steam and with this support and training that is available to us, we have been able to see that we can make the difference, and what would possible not be noticed by someone that doesn’t foster, like a child saying thank you when you give them something can be this difference or just the start of a bigger difference.

Protocol for the Movement of Carers between Fostering Agencies

Approved foster carers have freedom.

Approved foster carers have the freedom to change the fostering agency they belong to if they so wish.

This right is supported by The Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol 2014, which was developed in a partnership between The Fostering Network and the joint forum of independent fostering providers, with the support of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

The Facts about Fostering as a Single Parent

Foster parents need to be supportive, nurturing and patient.

If these are characteristics you possess, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re single, married or in a relationship.

It certainly doesn’t matter if you are male or female either; what is important is that you are able to offer a child a caring home and that you can provide a bedroom within that home that a child can call ‘a space of their own’.

Do Foster Care Payments Count as Income?

Of Course!

When fostering a child, foster carers receive many different forms of support to help them take care of the children to the best of their ability.

This includes financial support in the form of a fostering allowance that is paid weekly, and can vary according to different factors including the age and needs of the child, the number of children fostered, and the individual private fostering agency or local authority that the foster carer belongs to.

Children First & Rovers Fostering Adventure

Roving Rover is our new mascot!

Children First Fostering Agency is currently looking to recruit caring individuals who want to make a difference to a child or young person’s life, and to help people see how much of an effect fostering can have on a child’s life. We are looking at families from all backgrounds and size.

Rover is Children First ‘Mascot’ and honorary staff member, his role is to support the agencies activities and help carers and staff communicate with the young people within the Agency. His latest accomplishment is the publishing of ‘Rovers’ Fostering Adventure’

Rover is featured in our younger children’s guide that carry’s through his message and that of the agency. The office in Basildon also supports this ethic and Rovers is used to guide children and visitors around the building with useful ‘child friendly’ notices.

‘Rovers Fostering Adventure’ is used to help young children understand what foster care is about at a level the young people understand.
Rover is also taken along to promote Children First. Rover, our cuddly mascot is used to help with recruitment events and break down barriers when communicating with children big or small.

If you are considering becoming a foster parent and would like to work with Children First Fostering Agency, an organisation that values experience, insight and mentoring its carers, simply contact us on 0808 178 1144

Rover’s Supporting Fostering February!

Rover is preparing for Fostering February- he will be out and about with the Children First team raising profile for foster carers across the country!

If you see him, please ‘Smile for Fostering February’

We will be adding images to our social media pages throughout the month please take a look at our Facebook page, please comment, we would love to hear from you. We try to make our page as diverse as we are and share lots of important and interesting information with our community contacts!

Rovers Photograph Album!

Rover is Children First ‘Mascot’ and honorary staff member, his role is to support the agency activities and help carers and staff communicate with the young people within the Agency. His latest accomplishment is the publishing of ‘Rovers’ Fostering Adventure’

Rover is featured in our younger children’s guide that carry’s through his message and that of the agency. The office in Basildon also supports this ethic and Rovers is used to guide children and visitors around the building with useful ‘child friendly’ notices.

‘Rovers Fostering Adventure’ is used to help young children understand what foster care is about at a level the young people understand.

Rover is also taken along to promote Children First. Rover, our cuddly mascot is used to help with recruitment events and break down barriers when communicating with children big or small.

His collection of pictures grows daily and we will be constantly adding to the album!