Foster care – fostering children as a foster carer / parent

Foster carers support and allowances

A boy holding hands with foster parents

Foster carers are never on their own. We will support you from the moment you first contact us about becoming a foster carer, through the fostering assessment process and throughout your time fostering children in Central Bedfordshire.

Foster care support includes:

  • fees and allowances

  • 14 nights paid respite care per financial year

  • a dedicated social worker who will visit you regularly

  • a daily duty worker for when your social worker is not available

  • support out of office hours, including weekends

  • support from clinicians and wellbeing professionals

  • mentoring by local and experienced foster carers

  • free and local training

  • social groups and events for foster carers to meet up and support each other

  • support for your own children including training and activities

  • detailed background information about the children we ask you to care for

  • opportunities to meet with managers to share your ideas and feedback

  • an annual celebration and awards event

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Interested? Find out if you're eligible to foster

Check if you can foster

Telephone: 0300 300 8181
Email: fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk