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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.

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      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.

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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.

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

        Fostering focus: What is it like to transfer fostering agency?

        Extensive training and development
        Fostering allowance from £370 p/w
        Excellent support 24/7
        A friendly and highly experienced team

        Want to talk about fostering? We are now offering online private consultations, click here to arrange a slot.

        Lucy Stevens - 13th July 2021

        “Eastern Fostering Services have stood toe to toe with us.”

        Terri and Paul decided to transfer fostering agency over to Eastern Fostering Services in 2019. They arrived with 3 children, who they had been long-term fostering, and a birth daughter.

        Terri and Paul tell us how and why they trasfered fostering agency

        “We had been fostering for 10 years when we made the decision to transfer fostering agency. It was not something we did lightly but we really had no choice given the lack of support we were receiving. We feel that advocating for the children in our care is one of the most important roles of a foster carer. We felt that the agency we were with put the need to make placements above the needs of the children and they wouldn’t back us when we challenged the decisions that were being made. “Don’t rock the boat” should not be the way a good fostering provider operates.

        Research before you transfer fostering agency

        We were worried that we might not find the right agency. We wanted to avoid ending up at an agency with the same moral code as the one we were leaving. We wanted to make sure we connected with the people involved and that they had the children’s best interests at the heart of everything that they do. 

        It has all been really positive. Eastern Fostering Services have stood toe to toe with us when we have needed them and they respect our experience and knowledge. They allow us to use our own initiative and do not micro manage us. I have continued with my CPD by helping with the skills to foster course and we are encouraged to source extra training that we feel we would find beneficial. 

        Even more importantly, the children feel supported too. Our old agency didn’t really include our birth daughter much, they didn’t ask her how she was or what things were like for her. She is now feeling more included as our Supervising Social Worker takes her out and does fun things with her, just like the fostered children get to do with their Social Workers. She feels important and relevant.

        To carers who are feeling unsupported in their agency, I would say don’t take the ‘better the devil you know’ attitude because it doesn’t get better when you’re unsupported. Our transfer went really smoothly and we really should have done it years before we did. We brought all three of our fostered children with us and we haven’t looked back.”

        You will find more information here. Or get in touch with us via our website or via facebook.

        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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