Families for Children joined the Compass Community as the sixth fostering agency under the group’s umbrella on 7th October 2013 and will now be known as 'Families Fostering' going forward.
This is an exciting time for the Compass Community as we will be caring for up to 700 children and young people and we will be working with over 600 foster carers making us the 5th biggest fostering provider across the UK.
This, without doubt, places us in a strong position to ensure that the children we care for experience the best possible outcomes and that in turn we can advocate and support our carers at a national level.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you as staff and carers for your continued commitment to Families and we look forward to developing a service within the Compass Community which we can all continue to be proud of based on our rich and well established heritage dating back to 1990.
Fostering is a lifestyle choice to provide children and young people with a caring and nurturing environment, during a period where their own family is unable to look after them. This is often only a temporary arrangement, and many fostered children return to their birth families. Children who cannot return home but still want to stay in touch with their families, often live in long-term or permanent foster care.
Our 'about becoming a foster carer' section explains a little more about fostering in general and gives information on the following areas:
Families Fostering has been offering the highest levels of support for foster carers in Sussex, Hampshire, London and Surrey for over twenty years. We have seven friendly, local and well staffed centres throughout the region and are always interested to hear from people in any of these areas who want to join us.
We are currently experiencing great demand for foster carers throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey and South London.
If you would like to find out more about what a career as a foster carer can offer, please come and meet some of our carers and staff at one of our 2014 events.
The Foster Carer Forum is a group of volunteer carers who represent each local centre. They meet with senior management every quarter to explore topical issues and agency developments; they present questions, suggestions and thoughts on behalf of their carer colleagues in a constructive way which often helps to improve practice, systems and communication for all concerned.
The Forum representatives will provide feedback following the meetings on decisions which will often affect either or all carers, children and the agency. If you have any early difficulties which you do not feel able to explore with your social worker, your carer reps are very happy to speak to you. This is often useful around areas of new learning, particularly when you first join and have many questions to ask. Click to download more information on the Foster Carer Forum