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What is therapeutic fostering?

What is therapeutic fostering?

Evolve Fostering is a leading provider of therapeutic fostering and support.

Sadly, many children who are in need of care require additional support. The impact of any of these factors on children and young people can be great. Often resulting in a wide range of complex needs, such as anger, frustration, emotional withdrawal, lack of interest or a constant demand for attention.

Therapeutic fostering isn’t about becoming a therapist, it is a way of therapeutically parenting a child or young person who missed out on healthy emotional development and milestones in their early years.

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What is therapeutic fostering?

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The aim of therapeutic fostering is to help children and young persons to feel safe and begin to recover from their experiences.

By fostering you’ll be playing a pivotal role in shaping a child’s future. The relationships children have with their foster parents is imperative to their long-term development, and with our specialist training, support and guidance you can rely on us to help you to help them.

We, at evolve, are a fostering service with over 30 years’ experience in changing lives. We know how important it is to feel valued and supported on your fostering journey, so we will be there for you every step of the way. We provide training and expertise across Kent, the South East and London.

In addition to all of the usual benefits of fostering, therapeutic fostering incorporates:

Additional therapeutic interventions for children and young people who have had an especially difficult start in life.
Enhanced and focused training
Access to specialist support such as play therapy for children and young persons
Access to a clinical team and support
Increased foster carer payment up to £750 per week
Increased home visits from your social workers and skills worker
Access to a peer mentor and support groups
Your social worker will be dedicated and only hold a caseload of 7 families which will allow excellent 1:1 support
Consultation with Connect B4 Correct Therapeutic Team

Therapeutic fostering is a specialist type of foster care that supports children and young people who may have dealt with trauma, abuse or any other kind of severe disruption prior to being placed in foster care.

The aim of therapeutic fostering is to help children and young persons to feel safe and begin to recover from their experiences.

By fostering you’ll be playing a pivotal role in shaping a child’s future. The relationships children have with their foster parents is imperative to their long-term development, and with our specialist training, support and guidance you can rely on us to help you to help them.

We, at evolve, are a fostering service with over 30 years’ experience in changing lives. We know how important it is to feel valued and supported on your fostering journey, so we will be there for you every step of the way. We provide training and expertise across Kent, the South East and London.

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Become a Therapeutic Foster Carer

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There is a current shortage of over 9,300 fostering households across the UK, if you would like to become a foster carer, we would be delighted to progress your interest.

Please see the stages below for your fostering journey and changing a child or young person’s life! Join us

1. Talk to us about your enquiry
Request a call back and a friendly member of our team will call you quickly to discuss your interest. Please do not be afraid to enquire or ask any questions. Our team will provide the full information on fostering.

2. Your home visit
After the initial call and questions, we will organise a visit to see you and talk about your interest further. You can get to know more about fostering and your support from Evolve and therapeutic fostering. The visit can be face to face or virtual. There is no commitment afterwards and you may decide to apply later.

3. Your application and next steps
After your initial visit, the next step is to fill an application form and provide relevant information for your checks and references. This includes a DBS check for safeguarding. We will help you complete this and cover any questions.

4. Your assessment process
Your skilled and experienced assessor will visit you to complete a fostering assessment (referred to as a Form F), explore your experiences, skills, preferences and to discuss everything. This stage is two way and also to ensure fostering is for you. All applicants will be involved.

5. Skills to Foster Training
This is targeted and specialist training for you to be ready to foster. You will be invited to attend relevant training dates whilst your assessment is ongoing..

6. Attending panel
When your assessment and checks are complete, you will be ready to attend panel. This is stage where you discuss your application with experienced fostering professionals that will review your application. On recommendation from panel and final decision, you will be approved to foster!

7. Approval and first placement
After your approval, you will receive a full induction and receive a visit from your allocated social worker. You will then be ready for your first placement and to change a child or young person’s life!

Placement Types

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There are many types of fostering, so you’re able to find something that suits your family dynamic, skills and personality. Evolve will match the relevant child or young person through one of the following placement types.

Long-term

When children need to live with a family on a more permanent basis, you can provide a long-term placement. Long-term fostering benefits a child greatly, by giving them stability and the opportunity to settle so they are able to form positive relationships and attachments. For children and young people, it creates a sense of belonging and security. Unlike adoption, the children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority, and fostering allowances continue to support the fantastic care of the foster parent.

 

Short-term

These placements provide a temporary home for a child or young person, lasting anything from a few weeks to a few years. Short term foster placements give foster parents the opportunity to support a child or young person. They provide the child with the secure and caring environment they need, whilst professionals, families and the child have an opportunity to work together to decide on their future.

 

Respite

Really short-term placements are put in place to offer their permanent carers a break. By introducing respite foster parents into a child or young person’s life it gives the chance for new experiences on a short-term basis, whilst providing a safe environment. Respite care is generally over a short period of time, or one or two weeks if required. It can be on some weekends or a few days throughout the year like in the school holidays.

Parent and Child

This placement, also known as mother and baby fostering, gives young people the best opportunity to develop their parenting skills in a natural and nurturing environment. It is when a parent, which could be a mother or a father, and their own child come to stay in a foster carer’s home for extra support. The mother or father can be any age and, if they are under 18, they may be a looked after child themselves.

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Emergency Fostering

There will be occasions when a child or young person needs somewhere to stay at a moment’s notice, this is called emergency fostering. These placements could be due to a number of reasons, including unanticipated occurrences or events such as violence in the child’s or young person’s home, parent taken to hospital with a sudden illness, death of a parent or an accident or there is a safeguarding issue.

 

Fostering Allowance

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For your hard work and efforts fostering, you will receive foster care pay (which is also referred to as fostering allowance) that is paid on a weekly basis.

This is cover your reward element (for your time and contribution) and allowances for the child or young person.

Evolve pays up to £750 per week (for each child or young person) depending on their needs. You will also receive:

• Respite pay of 21 nights
• Holiday grant
• Support payment in transition from another agency

Your questions covered

How will my foster care pay be taxed?

Tax is lower for foster carers generally because of the tax relief on your fostering income.

You will be eligible for Qualifying Care Relief on the first £10,000 of income for your fostering household and then £250 for each child for every week when in placement.

Do I need to register as self employed?

Yes when you become a foster carer, you need to register as self employed and complete the relevant tax returns for each tax year. This will be to cover any taxable income from fostering and your National Insurance.

Will I receive a payment when I have no placement?

You generally do not receive a payment if you have no child or young person in placement. However, if a local authority asks to secure your matching before a new placement (of a child or young person) then you can be paid a retainer. This is a pro rata payment of your foster carer payment.

Can I still claim any benefits if I receive fostering income?

Fostering income is not usually relevant for income when assessing your status and eligibility for benefits. Being self employed (as a foster carer), you are eligible to claim the majority of state benefits because of Qualifying Care Relief.

You should be still eligible to claim child benefit for your own children and any other children that maybe dependent on you. For the children in fostering, there will be exclusions as you are receiving a fostering payment.

We recommend you take relevant tax advice which is available through Foster Talk.

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