There continues to be a significant requirement and shortage for foster carers – this is locally in Croydon and across England.
The latest research by Fostering Network in 2022 covered an estimated shortage of up 7,300 foster carers across England.
Fostering is a difficult at times but it is a rewarding career and it helps make a huge difference to children and young persons. If you live locally in Croydon, you can help local children and support their future and outcomes. You would need a spare room, commitment to fostering and to undertake relevant training. We can help cover your questions at an initial visit at your home to cover all your questions about fostering.
The number of children in care overall has increased to 82,170 at the end of March 2022 (Source: National Statistics). This due to a range of factors including cost of living, pressures on families, the impact of COVID, social and demographic factors. This trends looks set to continue and Croydon area would be impacted also.
Foster carers are joining and starting fostering careers with 4,035 new carers approved last year to 31 March 2022 across England. There was however 5,435 foster carers that left the fostering sector (Source: National Statistics). This led to a decline in the number of overall fostering households.
The population of Croydon is 390,800 (2021 – Source: National Statistics) and there is a shortage of foster carers here locally also. The population overall for Croydon increased by 7.5% from 2011. Evolve Therapeutic Fostering is based locally and is looking to recruit foster carers here.
The agency is receiving referrals regularly from Croydon local authority and Evolve Therapeutic Fostering works in partnership with the local authority. Referrals from Croydon for fostering cover parent and child placements, sibling groups, challenging teenagers and other young persons.
To support foster carer requirement, we will be holding local recruitment events in Croydon and we would love you to attend and join us.
The fostering allowance paid by Evolve Therapeutic Fostering is up to £750 per week per child or young person and this includes and covers the Croydon area.
The model for Evolve Therapeutic Fostering does put the focus on support for carers including following a therapeutic model. This includes one to one support and extra intervention such art therapy, drama therapy or play therapy.
The agency is family led and this is at the heart and passion of the team for fostering.
Please Download a Guide to Fostering to learn more about joining us!