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If you would like to register your interest in fostering, please complete the form below. We will get back to you shortly to discuss next steps.

Have you applied to foster before?

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Do you have a spare room?

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We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Transfer to EFS

Existing foster carers sometimes approach us because they want to transfer from their existing fostering provider. If you are not happy with the service you are currently receiving and would like to know more about transferring fostering provider, complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Do you have a child in placement?

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Contact us

If you have questions about fostering, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Category archives: Fostering Blog

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Fostering Information Event dates for your diary

Lucy Stevens - 18th October 2018

Fostering Information Events We hold regular events for people who are seeking information about fostering. Often we have some of our carers with us who are more than happy to share their experiences of fostering. When you are looking into fostering it is important that you do as much fact finding as possible. Equally, it's vital that you get a feel for how well the agency will support you. When is the nearest fostering event to me? Keep an eye on our Facebook events page for future events around Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Equally, let us know you'd be interested in dropping in and we can arrange something with you! www.facebook.com/EasternFosteringServices/events

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Can I foster if I have birth children?

Lucy Stevens - 6th October 2018

Fostering alongside birth children – what do I need to know? Fostering is something that is often considered by people once their children have left home. Or by people who have not had children of their own. Increasingly we’re getting questions from people wanting to foster who have birth children living in the home. This month sees the Fostering Network celebrate Sons and Daughters Month. This marks the contribution children make to fostering. Therefore, we thought it was the perfect time to address the subject. What should you consider if you want to foster alongside your own children? Involve your children in your discussions, fact finding and in the application and assessment. Eastern Fostering Services have many carers who have their own

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The Fostering Assessment – why do we need to carry out checks?

Lucy Stevens - 26th July 2018

Eastern Fostering Services wants to recruit foster carers who can meet the individual needs of children; who can provide them with a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow. When they apply, all prospective foster carers undergo a fostering assessment which takes on average 4-6 months.  Included in the fostering assessment ·        An initial home visit. ·        A medical report – carried out by the GP and paid for by EFS. ·        At least 3 personal references. ·        Identity checks including an enhanced DBS. ·        Previous partner references. ·        Health and Safety assessments. ·        6-10 home visits and interviews including some with birth children and other household members. ·        A full Coram/BAAF form F assessment detailing the qualities, competences

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Do I get paid to be a foster carer?

Lucy Stevens - 18th July 2018

When it comes to fostering, money is an emotive and controversial topic of conversation. Nonetheless, in the interest of answering the questions we get about finances, it is a topic we’d like to address. Good foster carers are always motivated by a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children. The best foster carers seek to nurture, love and advocate for the children in their care. In our experience, very few carers are ever motivated by financial gain and it is very important to us that they are not. However, one cannot escape the fact that it costs money to raise a child. It is for this reason that Local Authorities pay a fostering allowance to foster

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Showing Affection

Lucy Stevens - 4th July 2018

“I was told you can’t cuddle a child or sit on their bed to read a story!” This is a comment we get all the time and in the majority of cases, it couldn’t be further from the truth. In the fostering household, we want to replicate all the positives of growing up in a nurturing family. We want children to feel listened to, cherished, nurtured and advocated for. In lots of families, this sense of security and being valued comes from physical affection too, something that many of us take for granted. One of the differences between fostering and parenting is that as a foster carer, you have to be a lot more intentional around things like physical affection.

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Fostering and the spare room

Lucy Stevens - 29th June 2018

Do I need a spare room to foster? We've talked to many people interested in fostering in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. One of the most common questions is "Why do I need a spare room in order to foster?" The short answer is that it is a mandatory requirement to have a spare bedroom to dedicate to fostering when you apply to be a foster carer. Many people find this frustrating and we often get further questions asking us why this policy exists for foster carers. Would you move into a house and share a bedroom with a complete stranger? Moving in with a new foster family is a frightening and confusing time for children, no matter how young or

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Your Fostering Questions

Lucy Stevens - 5th June 2018

When thinking about fostering, there are many common questions people ask. Speaking to people in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire about fostering, we've heard some common questions. Here are our responses to frequent questions about fostering. Am I too old to foster? There is no upper age limit for foster carers. There is a lower age limit of 21. Generally, in order to foster you need to be in reasonably good health with good physical and emotional resilience. Many foster carers have health conditions which they manage alongside fostering so don't let this put you off! Can I foster if I don't own my own home? Yes, as long as a secure tenancy is in place there is no need for

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Proud to be Fostering

Lucy Stevens - 21st May 2018

Our carers are proud to foster The Fostering Network estimate that the UK needs another 8000 foster carers. Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire reflect the same national picture. Our foster carers come from all walks of life. Some of them have had happy childhoods and others have been through tough times. Some of our foster carers are single while others are married with children.  In fact, our foster carers are diverse  - as they should be! Foster carers can be rich, poor, home-owners, tenants, gay, straight, male, female, of any faith or none. So, whilst all our carers are different, they all have one thing in common. This Foster Care Fortnight they are all #ProudToFoster. One of our foster carer's Paul

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Foster Care Fortnight is here

Lucy Stevens - 14th May 2018

What is Foster Care Fortnight? Foster Care Fortnight starts today. Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign run every year by the Fostering Network. It aims to increase awareness around fostering and promote its benefits in order to recruit more foster carers. This year the campaign slogan is #ProudToFoster and focuses on how varied a group foster carers are and so showing that people from any walk of life can foster. They have even produced a short film featuring one of our carers. Here at Eastern Fostering Services, we have asked our carers to produce their own short film and a blog. You can see these on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EasternFosteringServices To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight we will be

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Becoming a foster carer

Lucy Stevens - 24th April 2018

What does becoming a foster carer involve? Do you live in Essex, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire? Do you want to become a foster carer? If so,  we at Eastern Fostering Services are really keen to talk to you. If you call us on 01206 299775 or email us at info@easternfosteringservices.com we will call you back and talk through your questions. After we've visited you at home, we'll leave you to complete a fostering application form. Once this has been accepted, we'll assign you an assessor. This person will produce your assessment and take you through to panel. The process of becoming a foster carer takes around 4 months. During this time, the assessor will produce a report that assesses your suitability

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Apply to foster
Transfer to us
Contact us

Apply to foster

If you would like to register your interest in fostering, please complete the form below. We will get back to you shortly to discuss next steps.

Have you applied to foster before?

YesNo

Do you have a spare room?

YesNo

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

Transfer to EFS

Existing foster carers sometimes approach us because they want to transfer from their existing fostering provider. If you are not happy with the service you are currently receiving and would like to know more about transferring fostering provider, complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Do you have a child in placement?

YesNo

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

Contact us

If you have questions about fostering, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know
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