Guide To Fostering Preparing to Foster

How to choose a fostering agency

Now that you have decided to foster with an agency, you’re probably wondering where to look.

Here at Beacon Fostering, we understand that there are many factors to consider when choosing a suitable agency, taking into account the location, the age preference of the child you want to look after, and the fostering allowances that the agency offers.

Read on for a breakdown of some of the key considerations you’ll need to address when embarking on this pivotal journey.

Geographical location

Some agencies, like Beacon Fostering, operate within a specific area of England (the Northwest). Others are nationwide, though it’s best to choose one that operates in or near your residence, or has a local office nearby.

Values and reputation

Fostering with an agency differs from council fostering in that they operate more like a business, offering specialist, tailored support to carers and their children, while also providing plentiful allowances to families.

It is useful to research the agency’s values and what they stand for; not just to understand where they are coming from, but also to compare them with your own beliefs.

Furthermore, reading testimonies and OFSTED reports is helpful in learning about others’ experiences with the agency, and evaluating whether they’ll be suitable for you.

Age of children

Depending on whether you are starting your fostering journey, or if you already have children of your own, age is a major consideration for the kinds of children you would prefer to foster.

While some agencies cover a variety of placement types, others have specialities, such as siblings, disabled children or parents with very young children.

At Beacon Fostering, we’re here to support you on your foster care journey, no matter what stage you’re at. Contact our team today for guidance.